Hong Kong, Macau and China are all China, yet you need a passport to travel between them

Doors closed in Australia, no matter let’s try NZ

People smugglers are giving up on trying to get people into Australia now, the government of Tony Abbott has succeeded in stopping the boats.

The people smugglers though are not to be deterred and are now targeting NZ.

Michael Bachelard at The Guardian reports:

People smugglers in Indonesia are mounting their first credible attempt to ship asylum seekers on the hazardous voyage to New Zealand and circumvent the Abbott government’s Operation Sovereign Borders.

Four men – two from Bangladesh and two from Afghanistan – were caught last month by the Indonesian immigration department in Jayapura, West Papua, on their way to get a boat to New Zealand.

Their capture appears to have stalled, for the time being, a plot to send up to 100 people, but sources in West Java say people smugglers in the town of Cisarua are still advertising for places on a New Zealand-bound boat.

The smugglers are showing asylum seekers a grainy picture, obtained by Fairfax Media, of the boat they say they have bought for the venture, which is larger and sturdier looking than the typical fishing vessel and has covered cabins and navigational antennae.¬† Read more »

Another crisis for a Labour crisis

Alongside the manufactured manufacturing crisis – the Labour Party declared a crisis in the number of Kiwis leaving for Australia.

As we know, Labour declaring a crisis in anything – appears to have the reverse Midas touch:

Net immigration has hit a 10-year high, as far fewer New Zealanders leave for Australia than in recent years.

At the same time, more migrants are arriving from China, with the net gains from that country now topping British migrants for the first time in a decade.

In the year to February, there was a net gain of 29,000 migrants to New Zealand, according to Statistics NZ figures.

The latest net gain was the highest since the 30,100 annual gain seen in the year to February 2004.

The highest ever net migration gain was more than 42,000 in the year to May 2003.¬† Read more »

Herald busted manufacturing immigration story

This morning the NZ Herald ran a story by Jared Savage.

Investigations by WOBH can reveal that the Herald has sat on this story since October 2013.

A wealthy Auckland businessman was given New Zealand citizenship against official advice after a Government minister lobbied the colleague who made the decision.

Maurice Williamson, the Minister of Building and Construction, and Prime Minister John Key then opened the first stage of a $70 million construction project launched by the Chinese-born developer after he became a citizen.

The following year, one of his companies made a $22,000 donation to the National Party.

The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) recommended that the citizenship application of Donghua Liu be declined on the grounds that he did not spend enough time in New Zealand or meet English language criteria.

At first blush this looks bad, but is it?

Well not really. Some pertinent facts have been left out from the story.

For a start there is nothing wrong with the Minister of Immigration or Internal Affairs exercising discretion – it is their right to do so is and it is written into the legislation.¬†Members of Parliament advocate for that discretion to be used constantly, and in some famous cases like Taito Phillip Field used as a matter of course by Labour’s immigration ministers.

But in order to obtain citizenship you must first have permanent residency, which is a much harder barrier to overcome. Read more »

Another crisis averted by the opposition declaring there was a crisis

Labour has a habit of naming something a crisis and the campaigning on it.

We had the manufactured manufacturing crisis and on the very day they launched their report into the crisis statistics came out that showed manufacturing was going gang-busters and has for every quarter since.

Immigration was supposed to be a crisis too. Turns out the opposition have picked another winner…for the government.

The Herald reports.

New Zealand’s inbound net migration rose to a 10-year high in January as fewer people quit the country to cross the Tasman and the number of new migrants continued to gain.

The country gained a seasonally adjusted 3,100 net new migrants in January, the most since May 2003, and up from 2,900 in December,¬†according to Statistics New Zealand. Seasonally adjusted, there was an outflow of about 2,640 people to Australia, while about 8,210 new migrants arrived in New Zealand.¬† Read more »

Why does the Herald advocate on behalf of convicted fraudsters facing deportation?

This morning in the Herald is a story by The Gurnard about a convicted fraudster facing deportation…and no it isn’t Kim Dotcom for once.

Nonetheless the story is well within his bailiwick of reporting on a fraudster fighting deportation.

A fraudster who stole $350,000 of ratepayer money faces court action to have a deportation order enforced so he can be sent back to South Africa.

Attempts to deport Hendrik Pieter Jooste failed after he told a tribunal hearing deportation appeals it would be unfair on his children, who would stay in New Zealand.

The former Auckland City Council employee won a four-year stay on being deported.

The delayed deportation has been challenged by Immigration NZ, which has won Court of Appeal approval to fight the delay and have him returned to South Africa.

The deportation stems from a three-year fraud in which $350,000 of ratepayer money was taken to bolster a lifestyle which was beyond the means of a young immigrant family.

A recently qualified lawyer, Jooste moved to New Zealand in 2005 with his wife and daughter, 3. ¬† Read more »

An email from a reader about Kiwis in Australia

A reader emails some clarifying points about Kiwis living in Australia:

Hi Cameron,

I agree with what you say about this issue – the change was made to stop abuse of the system and everyone who comes over here knows the rules.

And even though 600,000 Kiwis are in Aussie it’s not an election issue in NZ.

But one thing to keep in mind – it is almost impossible for Kiwis to get permanent residency and even harder to get citizenship.

So please stop saying they should just go and get permanent residency. It is nigh impossible for a Kiwi.

I have looked into this and was told point blank on three occasions “don’t even try because as Kiwis you have a special visa and don’t need residency. You have zero chance of getting it”.

And the fine print in a lot of cases – finance, loans, tax breaks etc – is now saying “Available only for citizens and permanent residents” – and they mean that in legal terms. ¬† Read more »

Johnny Foreigner bad news for Britain

Immigration is always a hot electoral issue. Winston Peters is the perennial complainer against Johnny Foreigner.

In the UK they are waking up to the disaster of their own immigration policy.

Jack Straw has admitted that opening Britain’s borders to Eastern European migrants was a “spectacular mistake”.

The former Labour Home Secretary said his party’s decision to allow migrants from Poland and Hungary to work in Britain from 2004 was a ‚Äė”well-intentioned policy we messed up”.

It comes a day after David Blunkett, Mr Straw’s successor as Home secretary, warned British cities could face riots as an influx of Roma migrants creates “frictions” with local people.¬† Read more »

Why is it that we don’t focus on Brain Gain?

We always seem to focus on those leaving the country, and the potential loss of skills and resources we collectively lose as a country. ¬†But we never really look at them coming back with very valuable experience, contacts and ideas that haven’t been tried here.

Tracey Lee - via

Tracey Lee – via

New Zealand needs to do more to harness the creative, economic potential offered by successful Kiwis returning home after long periods overseas, says a Massey sociologist.

Tracey Lee, a brand strategist who spent 12 years in New York and Shanghai where she worked for Absolut, Diageo, Unilever and The Coca-Cola Company before returning to New Zealand two years ago, says her Masters research highlights a missing key element in New Zealand’s migration policy.

Result? The country is losing out on valuable entrepreneurial skills, and the international experience and networks of dynamic, ambitious Kiwis keen to settle in their Pacific paradise homeland.

Titled¬†Welcome Home? New Zealanders‚Äô Experiences of Return Migration, her thesis combines personal stories behind return migration trends with fascinating insights on the re-integration process from highly skilled Kiwis. From this, she has developed tips to help others contemplating a return in the hope of minimising the hurdles and hitches they might face, and maximising ‚Äúsmooth landings‚ÄĚ. ¬† Read more »

Another campaign plank discarded

Labour constantly bangs on about migration…they won’t be for much longer.

Migration figures show more people are arriving than leaving.

Migration to New Zealand hit a 10-year high in September, as fewer Kiwis left for Australia and more new migrants arrived, adding more support for the housing market.

New Zealand saw a net gain of 2700 people in September as more people arrived than left, Statistics New Zealand said.

That was the highest monthly net gain since the middle of 2003 and stronger than economists had expected.

Westpac Bank senior economist Felix Delbruck said the surprise gain was largely due to fewer New Zealanders leaving for Australia, though arrivals of non-New Zealand immigrants continued at above-average levels.

The annual net gain was more than 15,000 for the year to September, which reversed the small net loss in the previous year.¬† Read more »