The Buffoon Bouffant misses the point on the refugee debate

via TVNZ

New Zealand communities should be allowed to sponsor refugees on top of the nation’s current 750 per year quota, United Future leader Peter Dunne says.

While Mr Dunne backs doubling the current baseline quota he believes there’s a smarter way to look at refugee settlement by engaging New Zealand’s community spirit.

“Up and down the country, and in my own Ohariu electorate, I see the compassion of New Zealanders welcoming refugee families and putting their hands up to help those who need support,” he said.

“Our refugee programme should engage directly with that generous and inclusive spirit and allow communities to sponsor refugees in addition to our current quota.”

A community sponsorship pilot programme, for up to 25 people, is due to be trialled this year.

Such a programme, which already exist beyond trials overseas, would still be subject to vetting and immigration security.

The debate is about who we let in.  Not about how many.  By all means, sponsor them.  I don’t care.  Build a house, buy them groceries.  Pay for their smart phones.   Every street can have a designated pet refugee they look after.

But like picking out a dog from the SPCA, you simply don’t know what you’re going to get until you get it home and get to live with it for a while.

At least with the SPCA you can go back and tell them it didn’t work out.  They’ll take it back.

What will we do with sponsored refugees that lose the support of their sponsors?


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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.