Has too much immigration stunted our growth?

Richard Harman writes at Politik about the hypothesis that our immigration policies have stunted growth.

Riddell’s fundamental argument is that New Zealand has failed over the past 25 years to enjoy the level of growth that it should have.

And he argues that is because the exchange rate has been too high and that we have not produced a whole range of profitable new export businesses.

Though he has plenty to say about the way the Reserve Bank goes about its day to day business it is his argument on the exchange rate that is likely to be his most controversial.

That’s because he believes the fundamental reason the exchange rate is too high is because of the upwards pressure placed on interest rates by what he argues is excessive immigration.

Of course any argument like that makes the proponent vulnerable to the charge that they are promoting New Zealand First and Winston Peters.

And that was exactly the reaction he got when he first presented his argument when he worked at Treasury.

“They said these are really interesting ideas.

“But — but — they sort of sound like Winston and we don’t know what to do with that!”  Read more »

Let’s hope they come here to be one of us, instead of turn us into one of them [CORRECTED]

Arrival and Baggege signs at the airport

Arrival and Baggege signs at the airport

The number of people wanting to live in New Zealand long term continues to reach new highs.

Official figures show there was a net gain of 57,800 people in the year to May, driven by more arrivals and fewer departures.

It is the 10th successive month of record highs. Read more »


Another problem the UK has that’s on its way here

This group appeared out of nowhere and swamped the road around our coach. They left us alone but broke into the trucks to steal and try and stow away over the border. Watch the guy in the backpack!  –  Jenny NZ

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Knock me down with a feather, the Herald actually did some proper investigations

The NZ Herald has been leading the charge of anti-immigrant house buying foreigners are forcing up the cost of homes. Their stories week after week have led to the perception that Asians are buying up our land.

After all that they’ve decided to do some investigation into all the claims made by various vested interests.

And what did they find? Well…that all their headline grabbing stories can’t be substantiated with any facts.

Foreign buyers are pushing house prices out of the reach of ordinary Kiwis. Or are they?

The evidence on the ground of non-resident Chinese buyers snapping up property isn’t as compelling as letter writers would have it.

White faces at auctions aren’t questioned. Asian faces are considered to be non-residents snapping up our property. Yet 54 per cent of overseas buyers – according to the BNZ – come from Australia, Europe, UK and South Africa.

As BNZ economist Tony Alexander points out, few if any auction goers have an ability to distinguish Kiwi-Asians from visitors.

The Herald was told by a Long Bay resident that new million-dollar homes in the Vaughan Farm development were almost all vacant – “bought by rich Asians and left unoccupied to reap the capital gain”.

The “evidence” was that there were no lights on the hillside at night. Yet when the Herald visited on a week night in May, most of the finished homes either had lights on, cars outside, or both.    Read more »

Religion of Peace threatens to kill 17 year old over Charlie Hebdo tribute


Teachers and students at a French school have rallied in support of a pupil who has received death threats for publishing a tribute to satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The student, 17-year-old Louis, published a special edition of the school paper in January after Islamists went on a killing spree on the streets of Paris that left 17 people dead.

Two of them stormed the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo killing 12 people, including journalists and police officers, and sparking a global outpouring in support of free speech.

The school paper edition – titled “Je Suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”) after the slogan that went viral following the attack – included poems, opinion pieces and drawings.

It did not include any of the caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed published by Charlie Hebdo that had angered the Islamists.

“It was a tribute to the 17 victims without discrimination — for Jews, journalists, police officers,” Louis, whose surname was not given, said.

Police have opened an inquiry into the death threats against the student, including seven letters in total, two of which contained bullets.

The last one at the beginning of May “seemed like an ultimatum”, Louis said. Read more »

I bet Tony Abbott is pissed off he didn’t think of this

Tony Abbott is going to be seriously annoyed with David Cameron.

Cameron has come up with a really good idea for dealing with illegal immigrants.

Foreign workers will have their wages seized by police and face deportation without appeal if they are in the UK illegally, David Cameron will announce today as part of a “radical” crackdown on immigration.

The Prime Minister will vow to make the UK a “less attractive place to come and work” by using next week’s Queen’s Speech to announce a series of laws to “root out illegal immigrants and bolster deportations”.

Mr Cameron will also unveil plans to make it a criminal offence for businesses to recruit abroad without advertising in the UK first.

He will give councils powers to evict migrants and force all banks to check bank accounts against databases of people who could be in the country illegally.

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Mayor to Woodhouse – no point forcing immigrants into regions

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse said yesterday he was considering changing the immigration scheme to give extra points to those willing to settle outside Auckland.

He said the changes could be in place in the next few months.

The Otorohanga District suffered a major blow this week with the announcement that more than 130 jobs were to be cut at Waikeria Prison.

The mayor, Max Baxter, said it was sad news for the area so any help to bring in jobs and investment was welcome.

But he said simply sending immigrants to his area would not sustain the local economy.

“There have to be incentives for business to come to the regions. As soon as you’ve got business in the regions, then you’ve got the opportunity for people to move out of the main centres,” he said. Read more »

Labour: National is stealing our immigration policy

The Government is set to give skilled migrants, investors and those planning to bring businesses to New Zealand extra points if they settle outside of Auckland.

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse told The Nation it could happen within months.

Labour says it’s a good idea, but the Government is lacking a regional development plan to support it.

Skilled migrants and those applying to live in New Zealand under entrepreneur visas already gain 10 points in the immigration points system if they say they intend to settle outside of Auckland. That could soon get a boost.

“Those entrepreneurs, those innovators who could make a contribution to regional development, it is possible for us to bump up the points settings to incentivise that,” says Mr Woodhouse.

Immigration researcher Paul Spoonley says too many skilled migrants go to Auckland and incentives are about more than just points. Read more »

Labour repeats policy idea from last year and touts it as new policy

The Labour party clearly don’t understand that there is something called Google…which enables people to search the internet for things.

Like announcements made last year which are the same as the announcements made this year.

This is what they had to say in June 2014:

The Labour Party says if elected to government it will entice immigrants away from Auckland by increasing incentives for them to accept jobs or establish businesses in regional New Zealand.

Labour also says it will manage inward migration to reduce peaks and troughs in net migration, thereby taking pressure off an overheating housing market.

The party’s immigration policy was released by immigration spokesman Trevor Mallard on Saturday morning. Here’s the full policy document and Mallard’s statement here.

“Around half of permanent arrivals to New Zealand move to the Auckland region. If our policies were based on the development of some of our most promising regions this could be a trigger for attracting some migrants to these centres,” the policy statement says.

“This approach holds greater promise if a particular industry or types of industries were clustered in a region for the recruitment of highly skilled migrants and businesses specifically for that region. In this way immigration can be a critical input into regional development and a brake on growing our cities even bigger.”

Labour says over time new industries could be located in provincial centres, and existing industries there could be supported by smarter immigration and investment policies.

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Want a zero percent morgtage? How about converting to Islam?

Whaleoil has been beating the “beware Islam” drum for some years now.  Well before ISIS/ISIL/IS, Islamic terrorism, Islamic “lone wolves” and all the other drama.

My point is, and has been, that Islam is going to change our society.  And the more people that follow the Islam doctrine are allowed to live here, the more we will have to adjust our own society to suit their needs.

I’m fully aware we’ve been seen as foaming at the mouth, “racist” (Islam is not a race people), xenophobic (Islam is not a country people), and just generally vile.

But all I have done is show what has happened overseas.  And if you don’t want what happens there to happen here, we have limited time left to do something about it.

And perhaps it is already too late…

Auckland woman Sara Jawadi is lobbying banks to provide an interest-free home loan product for Muslim customers, Radio New Zealand reported on Thursday.

Paying or receiving interest on loans is forbidden in Islam, although interpretations vary.

28-year-old Jawadi, who moved to New Zealand 11 years ago, said many Kiwi Muslims had to choose between their religion and financial stability.

“I’m not going back to Iraq anytime soon, and I want to create some sort of stability for my family,” she told Radio NZ.

“With rent, you’re not guaranteed that you can stay in that place for too long … we’re sort of trying our best to find an alternative.” Read more »