Auckland, July 24, 2017
This morning, (Prime Minister) Bill English admitted that the Government’s upcoming
changes to the immigration law are bad for the economy.
This is a vindication for the hard-working New Zealand migrant community who are constantly kicked around by politicians.
It is no coincidence that the National-led Government backtracking on their anti- immigrant policies comes at a time when inflation has dropped to zero.
The National Party is not interested in people, it is only interested in farmers. If farmers say that they need something, they do it.
They don’t care about all New Zealanders.
They are backtracking on their policy only because the farmers and their lobby groups asked for it.
This policy turnaround was not made for the benefit of New Zealand, it was done to benefit their vested interests.
This shows that there is a massive skill shortage, we need to train people in those areas. Areas that help New Zealand grow. And we need to give them visas that allow them to obtain these skills.
It is not a question of time or salary, it is a skill.
If it takes four years to train an engineer, they should get a four-year work permit.
If it takes three years to train a truck driver, they should get a three-year work permit.
New Zealand People’s Party will be fair to all New Zealanders.
We want to work for every New Zealander, not just the farmer lobby or the unions.
We are committed to making fair immigration rules that work and benefit everyone. Bring visa and residence processing back to New Zealand so it is New Zealanders who decide who gets to be a New Zealander. And create a work permit system that benefits all New Zealanders, employers and workers.
Roshan Nauhria is Leader of the New Zealand People’s Party.