The Herald’s Lincoln Tan explains
The migrant vote could “swing the political ballot” as the number of overseas-born New Zealanders reach over a million, a diversity expert says.
With the general election five months away, the most recent¬†Herald-DigiPoll survey showed National could govern alone with 50.8 per cent of the party vote, while Labour was polling just under 30 per cent and Greens 13.1 per cent.
But Edwina Pio, professor of diversity at Auckland university of Technology, believes the September 20 poll could hinge on persuading migrant communities to vote.
A Statistics New Zealand survey found that 60 per cent of recent migrants did not vote in the last election. In Auckland, about 40 per cent of the population are migrants and nearly one in four are Asian.
Professor Pio said political parties did not appear willing and lacked strategies to target Asians.
“While various political parties actively seek to progress trade in the billion dollar market potential in Asian countries, there is an opaqueness of strategies for inclusivity of migrants and also a subtext of ‘we like their food but we don’t like them’,” Professor Pio said.
This is true for Labour, Green Taliban, Mana, and New Zealand First. ¬†All of those parties have expressed official xenophobic ideas and have proposed policy to keep Asians at bay within our own country. ¬† Read more »