Winston goes for the non-Asian youth vote – no, really

The quality of life in New Zealand is being eroded and young Kiwis are the ones bearing much of the brunt.

Inequality exacerbated by the inexorable rise of house prices, especially in Auckland, is continuing to grow.

The dream of every young New Zealander – home ownership and a decent job – is becoming more and more elusive and difficult.

Many are scratching by in casual and part-time jobs when full-time jobs are what they need.

They are locked in a competition for both jobs and housing – not just against fellow Kiwis – but also against recently arrived immigrants.

Immigration is running at 100 year highs fuelling a house market that is already over-heated by foreign investors and a pitiful response by the government to supply.

A quarter of a million people are coming in on visas each year eager to secure a job. With migrants, many are heavily in debt and desperate for money.

They will accept any work conditions here knowing that back in their home countries loan sharks are holding their families over the barrel.

Just to give you an idea of what is happening, a University of Auckland study found one in five people on work visas are paid below the minimum wage and are not paid for many hours they work.

National created this circus by extending work hours for foreign students.

Instead of bringing foreign money, their Export Education sector is actually debt-financed migration.

So now we have a society in which the younger generation are shut out of home ownership and jobs.

To this, the government turns a blind eye. The ministers shrug and walk away confident that ‘comfortable NZ’, the ones with property wealth will turn up at the polling booths and keep them in power.

Meanwhile, those missing out need to be inspired to vote; to prod the government out of their apathy towards their interests.

If young people do not stand up, speak out, vote, our society will continue this depressing march down the road to even greater inequality.

I agree with Winston on one thing: unrestrained immigration isn’t good for the country. We have to be a little bit more discerning as to who we allow to come here and why.

 

– Winston Peters, via RadioLive


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