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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  • Mass immigration has never been good for any country. Nor has multiculturalism.

    The country does not need a never ending cycle of gib stoppers and painters building houses for taxi drivers and cleaners then waiting for the next wave to hit.

    Since when did growth become a synonym for increased population?
    It’s time to turn the tap off.

    • BroNoLike

      I can never understand why we don’t just take the immigrants we need and that’s it.
      Maybe National believes more immigrants are good for the economy?

      • biscuit barrel

        So many arent really proper immigrans just are on ‘work visas’ or ‘looking for work visa’ etc. many students have all the degrees from their home country but if they enroll for some flyspeck diploma then can get a ‘student visa’ which allows plenty of work.
        Its a crazy visa system thats stuffed things up.

      • contractor

        The weakness of capitalism is its dependence on perpetually increasing population. This is a dilemma without solution. Capitalism for one thing increases efficiency and output so you need more consumers.
        All govts and businesses love population growth. In the competitive world we live in it is a challenge to maintain economic wellbeing and thus employment and good pay. Immigration provides that through the economic multipliers of new household consumption and infrastructure spending witness plenty of jobs in retail and construction, albeit not high paying.
        No free lunches and I dislike how crowded NZ is becoming. Never mind, still paradise.

  • Woody

    “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.”

    My eyes glaze over whenever I read such comments. Give some money and I can also write a report getting whatever result that you want. The fact which is ignored using the same report would be that four in five people are paid at least or above the minimum wage and are paid for all the hours they work.

    • Every time some scumbag is paying someone less than the min wage and/or under the table they are ripping you and me off.

      This allows their staff to claim top ups from benefits and WFF funded by those of us that pay all their taxes.
      It also disadvantages everyone else in the same industry that are paying their employees properly and gives an unfair commercial advantage.

      Those self same business people are also the ones that do all transactions in cash and do all thy can to avoid tax.

      • Totara

        Perhaps you mean evades tax, rather than avoids tax. One is legal and the other illegal.

        I think Rodney Hide got it right when he said <a href=""The only sane and moral thing is to give government the absolute minimum and only that because (a) you shouldn’t lie even to the cheating state; and (b) Inland Revenue can make your life a misery without any of the restraint that should apply in a lawful and just society.

        Beyond that minimum, you should pay the government nothing.

        I would rather flush $100 down the toilet than gift it to government.

      • Woody

        I don’t disagree, however, most of these sorts of published reports seem to be written to prove a preordained result. The thing that gets me is that if these people and their employers who are miscreants are so easy to find by the “researchers”, why can’t the government agencies responsible and/or the like of Winston (who pushes the research results) also find them and take action to bring them to heel?

      • rantykiwi

        “This allows their staff to claim top ups from benefits and WFF funded by those of us that pay all their taxes.”

        Maybe we need to change the system so those hanging around on work visas are not eligible for state assistance – if they’re not making ends meet they can always shove off back from whence they arrived.

        • Mighty1

          Can people on work visas can get state assistance? Got to be joking.

      • Kiwiracer

        It would be an interesting project for some academic to investigate how many of the “scumbag employers” are actually immigrants themselves. . . . . . . .

        • rantykiwi

          I don’t think a lot of research would be needed to prove that “Most of them” is a fairly good approximation.

    • rantykiwi

      That’s pretty disingenuous. For example, a taxi driver (whether on a work visa or not) is paid from the fares they carry. On a slow day they will probably earn below the minimum wage, and/or not be paid for the hours they work. Perfectly legal, expected and how things are supposed to work in that industry.

  • Left Right Out

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

    “Every” young New Zealander. I just love it when someone speaks on behalf of everyone else.

    I’m sure it’s true in some form Winnie…. they do want to own a home and have a decent job, it’s the expectations the young NZ’ers have in relation to what house and job it is they get that is amusing. The Job one especially. Youth believe they should earn more and work less and be allowed to come and go as they please not as the job directs.

    Actually, I think you would find winnie that owning a house would come further down the list. Car ownership and toys would be higher, along with travel.It’s the thought of a mortgage and being locked in that the youth don’t like… hell a car will only take 5yrs to pay off not 30

  • Wheninrome

    Winston would be better to stick to water and ownership if he wants a vote winner. Immigration, refugees may be a hot topic but doesn’t find favour with everyone. There are certain immigrants I would welcome to this country and there are those I wouldn’t have a bar of. Other people will have a different view to mine. But water, now most people would like to think they have an equal right to a glass of water without having to click the ticket of more than one authority at worst, and if lucky enough to have rainwater tanks, to not have to click the ticket at all. (although the council would have you pay for stormwater and waste water, but then again they are providing a service in getting rid of it so fair enough).