Winston: National is lying about immigration

National has been saying for years that New Zealanders returning from overseas are responsible for the surge in immigration – that is hogwash, says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“The latest immigration figures from Statistics New Zealand show a new record high of net 72,300, predominantly made up of arrivals by non-NZ citizens.

“National is relying on massive population growth from immigration to superficially grow the economy through consumption.

There is a parallel here with Helen’s Labour government.  They kept spending money until the money ran out.  National then spent 6 years trying to turn that around, including dealing with Christchurch and the Global Financial Crisis.  

National are doing it in reverse – they are continuing to bring people into the country without a proportional investment in infrastructure.  The next non-National government, or perhaps a National government chained to the wall by NZ First, will need to turn down immigration and start the sizeable job of increasing the capacities of our housing, schools and hospitals.

“Their obsession with mass immigration continues to disadvantage hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders who are trying to buy houses, find jobs, get hospital treatment and even access education.

“New Zealand First will drastically reduce net immigration to a sensible level. That means going from National’s ridiculous levels to well below what Labour wants (40,000 to 50,000 a year) to around 10,000.

“This is a common sense number that would still allow New Zealand’s genuine skills shortages to be met.

“Many immigrants arriving are unskilled, though disguised under various immigration categories as having some sort of ‘profession’.

“We should be taking in people we need and will benefit our economy and not those who need us,” says Mr Peters.

Winston’s bluster aside.  Perhaps it is time we take in immigrants we need rather than immigrants that need us.   It would be a decent filter while we catch up.


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