Immigration

Press Editorial on the farce that is Kim Dotcom

Memo to the Herald and TV3 there is a reason your audience alongside your credibility is shrinking…your audience are not as stupid as you think they are.

David “tainted” Fisher’s story proved there was no conspiracy despite him stretching¬†credibility¬†to breaking point. It also, if anything, undermines Dotcom’s claims that Key had heard of him prior to the raids, not that anyone really cares when he heard of¬†him.

As the editorial points out if Key did a deal with Hollywood it would be much easier to extradite him if he hadn’t been granted residency.

Good to see the useless Grant Robertson on the news defying his leaders edict for a positive campaign and calling for John Key to come clean on what he knows. SInce he wants John Key to come clean, how about his boss tells us who his secret donors. It looks Labour want to continue to play gotcha politics, and the recent polls show Labour precisely how that is working out.

The Press editorial outlines the farce that is Kim Dotcom.

As if the saga of Kim Dotcom were not already absurd enough, this week it descended into a swirl of conspiracy theories that made it look like downright farce.

The theories are not necessarily compatible with each other or even internally consistent. Their main purpose is likely to turn out to be simply that they keep Dotcom’s name in the public eye.

Following them and attempting to disentangle them certainly adds to the stock of harmless public entertainment.

The theories have been fed by the release of email exchanges from Immigration New Zealand and the Security Intelligence Service about Dotcom’s application for permanent residency in New Zealand.

The application had been sent by INZ to the SIS for routine security and criminal checks. Dotcom was apparently anxious that permanent residency be granted so when he had not heard from INZ his agent had asked about it, prompting INZ to urge the SIS to hurry up with its report.

Many have leapt on an SIS officer’s off-hand suggestion in an email that “political pressure” was behind INZ’s interest in getting the SIS report. ¬†¬† Read more »

Oh look, there was no “political pressure” now, Herald over eggs story

It looks like the NZ Herald and David Fisher have over egged their story about Kim Dotcom, with immigration officials denying any political involvement.

That isn’t stopping Grant Robertson making hay while his leader is hiding from press in Queenstown.

NewstalkZB reports:

The government’s denying it put “political pressure” on Immigration officials to grant Kim Dotcom’s residency.

It follows the release of SIS emails, showing agents wanted to hold off on the residency application because Dotcom faced investigation by the FBI.

But they quickly gave it the green light, after being told Immigration New Zealand faced “political pressure” to get it approved.

A senior Immigration official said the then-minister, Jonathan Coleman, was an “interested party” in the application, because the government wanted more “high rollers”, like the internet mogul, gaining residency

Dr Coleman’s not commenting on the revelations, except to say the decision to grant residency was made by the department, and not by him.

Immigration New Zealand now says there was “unequivocally” no political pressure on the case.

John Key’s repeatedly denied knowing anything about Dotcom until just before his arrest in 2012.

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Labour continue to dump on their Pasifika voters

From a Labour press release:

Under a Labour government, Kiwi business must exhaust the options for hiring local workers before bringing in overseas migrants.

The party also wants to target the exploitation of migrant workers. Businesses will have to pay at least the living wage, after accommodation deductions. Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) will be paid at least the minimum wage plus $1.25 an hour, with accommodation provided in addition to wages.

“We are also concerned that a significant number of workers are being brought into New Zealand for relatively low-skilled jobs on low rates of pay. This not only leads to exploitation of these workers but undercuts the local labour market, pushing wages down for Kiwis,” he said.

“To address that Labour will require employers bringing in overseas workers to pay a living wage (after accommodation deductions) where the job offer forms part of the reason the application is accepted. This does not apply for the Pacific quota migrants.”

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Hosking on the turn around in immigration

Mike Hosking’s editorial yesterday was about the turn around in immigration, another crisis that was solved by Labour declaring it was a crisis.

Can I make a small plea to not make the same mistake as last time?

We appear this week to be in receipt of some more good news. The good news involves our migration rate, which is at its highest in more than a decade. 36,400 migrants arrived in the year to March.

Further, I have more good news which I suspect shows the two are connected. The bloke who came up with the term ‚Äúthe rock star economy‚ÄĚ has added to his commentary by suggesting he feels good about that prediction. His company that made the call about our progress thinks they were right and by and large we‚Äôre ‚Äúrocking on‚ÄĚ.

So one can safely assume that people all over the world have seen this sort of commentary. The word has got out and so the queue has started to form to get into the country.

Now last time (and sadly it wasn’t that long ago) that the numbers started to look pretty flash, instead of celebrating the moaners and lefties all started freaking out and turned the good news into a worry fest by suggesting all these people were nothing but trouble because all they’d want to do when they got here was get a job, earn money and buy a house.

It leads me to ask the question – do you reckon were about the only country on the planet that could take such good news and somehow try and turn it into a negative? And in trying to turn it into a negative, had no one noticed that we might just be a bit under populated and there were no shortage of countries all over the world of exactly the same size as us who had a heap more people and were doing just fine thank you?

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Reporting on Ass nasty Lolly Stealer

I truly don’t understand how others in NZ First put up with her. ¬†But before I comment, check this out.

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Fine tuning immigration to drop Auckland House prices? Reserve Bank says yeah… Nah

David Cunliffe in front of "own Our Future"

David Cunliffe in front of “own Our Future”

Felix Marwick at Newstalk ZB hammers down another nail into the David Cunliffe Immigration Coffin

Labour’s plans to control immigration look to have been dealt a blow by the Governor of the Reserve Bank.

Labour has promised to control immigration and introduce what it’s calling moderate and sensible measures to help address pressures on housing prices.

But Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler says it’s very hard to fine tune immigration to meet demand purposes. Read more »

Uh oh, the Greens aren’t buying Cunliffe’s dog whistle either

David Cunliffe tried to out dog-whistle Winston Peters in a dog whistling competition on immigration and it has fallen flat.

Ever since they launched their policy it has been systematically rolled back and proven to be a hoax.

David Cunliffe continues to lie about what he said or what Trevor Mallard has said and at the same time the Greens have announced that they aren’t buying the dog-whistle either.

One of the many brilliant people I know is Pengjun Zhao. He is from China and we worked together at Otago University on urban sustainability. He came to NZ and was welcomed because we need his skills as a transport modeller to help us consider the consequences of different policy decisions on people’s mobility and carbon footprints. He has also helped us create links with policy and academic communities in China.

Over the last couple of weeks Labour has suggested immigrants are causing our housing crisis and that we should cut the numbers of immigrants coming in, NZ First has suggested too many unskilled migrants are coming and taking our jobs and National wants us stop those boat people. All this adds up to unhelpful and potentially stigmatising conversation.¬† Read more »

Radio Tarana – We listen so you don’t have to

David Cunliffe: ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†He’s just making up porkies. ¬†Labour has no plans whatsoever to reduce the family¬†reunification category. ¬†We’ve got no plans to reduce the Pacific access quota or the Samoan quota which were the specific issues that the Prime Minister discussed when he was around the Pacific. ¬†We’ve made no statements on those matters and the Prime Minister was just making it up.

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Key said Cunliffe wanted to “turn off the tap” but it was not possible. Some people, such as Australians, had the right to come here. “It would be a very knee-jerk reaction to go out there and all of a sudden say we are going to completely stop migration,” Key said.

However, Cunliffe has not argued to stop all immigration. He has said it should be more tightly controlled, with the Treasury forecasting net inflows will top 40,000. Read more »

Labour’s Immigration policy this week looks quite different to last week, and different to the week before that

David Cunliffe decided to dog whistle on immigration, and ever since his policy, clearly developed in the pub on a pissy beer mat.

Labour’s Immigration policy this week looks quite different to last week… and that’s different again from the week before that… check out the below…

SEAN PLUNKET:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† So you’re going to leave family reunification completely out of it?

DAVID CUNLIFFE:¬†¬†¬†¬† Yep, we’ll leave family reunification out of it.

But that’s not what he said last week…

Labour is taking aim at work visa and family reunification categories as it eyes ways to limit the flow of migrants to the country.

The party has come under fire over the idea, which first surfaced in its monetary policy as a way to help curb interest rate rises and house prices. ¬† Read more »

Political Porkies

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David Cunliffe is a continual porkie maker.

Here he was on Q+A talking about immigration…again.

Not cuts, no. No, I’m saying that with a high level of returning New Zealanders that sustainable flow will have to be set at higher levels than previous rules of thumb, and I have refused at all points to put a number or a target on it.

Really? I mean really Mr Cunliffe? ¬† Read more »