Winston back hatin’ on the Chinese to get in the news

I’d ignore this, but the problem is, he spouts this crap and the MSM are happy to give him the space.

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has criticised the number of foreign students choosing to study here, saying it is likely due to incentives such as permanent residency.

Mr Peters said there were 93,000 overseas students enrolled to study, an increase of 12 per cent in the last year.

He also noted that the number of Indian students studying in New Zealand had risen by 60 per cent over the last year. “The number coming in is spiralling thanks to ‘incentives’ being offered beyond the visa rules. The National government’s softening of restrictions, by allowing foreign students to work is pushing numbers to unacceptable levels.

What Peters doesn’t mention is that education is a substantial foreign exchange earner for New Zealand.  He makes it sound like they come into the country packed in containers with flat screen TVs.  

“At the same time, students are being ‘sold’ the student visa as a pathway to permanent residency.”

Mr Peters said many of these overseas students were “behind counters in supermarkets and working in service stations”.

“Kiwi workers now face more unfair competition for jobs, which are not in abundance. The official unemployment rate is 140,000 and about a quarter of young Maori and Pasifika do not have a job.

“Student visas should not be used to flood the job market, drive down wages and undermine conditions and increase the already record number of permanent immigrants.”

Gee, I don’t know.  They’re here.  They pay for their accommodation and living expenses, they pay GST, they do some work and pay taxes, and if they are the right kind of person to fit in, they may become a permanent resident who is well educated, a net tax payer, and a contributing member to New Zealand.

I wish Winston would just change the record.   Actually, scrap that.  I wish the NZ media wouldn’t give him easy column inches and sound bites.  This Asian bashing is getting really really tired now.



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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.