Tag: Immigration

Gordon Campbell on our refugee response, and a TPP rewrite

Column – Gordon Campbell T he miserly nature of New Zealands response to the global refugee crisis continues apace. Yesterdays announcement of an increase in our intake of UNHCR refugees from 750 to 1,000 refugees will only kick in from 2018, after the recent special … Gordon Campbell on our paltry refugee response and a brazen US rewrite of the TPP First published at werewolf.co.nz The miserly nature of New Zealand’s response to the global refugee crisis continues apace. Yesterday’s announcement of an increase in our intake of UNHCR refugees from 750 to 1,000 refugees will only kick in from 2018, after the recent special intake of 650 Syrian refugees over two years have been cleared. So, do the math. The “ increase” really means that the intake of 1,000 after 2018 will be pretty much the same number of refugees as we admitted this year, once you’ve added 2016’s share of the Syrian special intake to the current 750 UNHCR numbers. In other words, this is a triumph of spin: an ‘increase’ in the refugee intake that is virtually the same as the status quo, but counted differently. Moreover, since New Zealand requires that 50% of our UNHCR intake is from the Asia/Pacific region, we will actually be taking in fewer refugees from the Syrian/Iraq war zone than we have done of late. For many advocates of a...

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Foreign buyers ban will achieve what Govt failed to

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party Phil Twyford Housing Spokesperson 12 November 2015 Foreign buyers ban will achieve what Govt failed to Labours Members Bill to ban foreign buyers from purchasing existing homes will achieve what the Government failed to in its Trans Pacific Partnership …Phil Twyford Housing Spokesperson 12 November 2015 Foreign buyers ban will achieve what Govt failed to Labour’s Member’s Bill to ban foreign buyers from purchasing existing homes will achieve what the Government failed to in its Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Government should adopt the Overseas Investment (Protection of New Zealand Homebuyers) Amendment Bill and get New Zealand the carve out Australia secured through its negotiations. “The sovereignty of the New Zealand Parliament should never have been traded away and this Bill is a case in point. “Opinion polls show New Zealanders overwhelmingly want non-resident investors stopped from buying homes here. “Labour isn’t against foreign investors but inviting overseas speculators to trade in Kiwi homes for capital gain is entirely non-productive. It produces no jobs or exports, and pushes up house prices beyond the reach of first homebuyers. “In the past year in Australia, a similar policy as resulted in $30 billion worth of overseas money building new homes there. My Bill will result in foreign investors channelling their capital into the building of new houses in...

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PM Post-Cab: Deportation and the TPP Signing

Article – Robert Kelly Prime Minister John Key commented on the previous week’s signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He stressed that it had taken seven years to reach this point and he congratulated Minister of Trade Tim Grosser on his efforts representing New Zealand … PM Post Cabinet Press Conference: Deportation and the TPP Signing Robert Kelly Photo by Alastair Thompson Prime Minister John Key commented on the previous week’s signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He stressed that it had taken seven years to reach this point and he congratulated Minister of Trade Tim Grosser on his efforts representing New Zealand at the negotiations. Key also elaborated on what his Government saw as the major benefits of the TPP: $259 million a year in tariff savings and the possibility of expansion in new and existing trade markets. The Prime Minister announced that he will be meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull at Government House in Auckland next weekend. He indicated that the issue of deportation of New Zealand citizens will be high priority but that economic matters, Australian elections, and both countries’ involvement in the Middle East will be discussed. Click a link to play audio (or right-click to download) in either MP3 format or in OGG format. On the deportation matter Key stressed the “special relationship” that New Zealand and Australia have and said there was a...

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PM John Key: TPP, Aussie Deporations, Syria

Press Release – The Nation Key says Australia will back down on its policy of deporting Kiwis sentenced to at least a year in prison: I dont actually think the Australian positions sustainable over the very long term.On The Nation: Tova O’Brien interviews Prime Minister John Key Key says Australia will back down on its policy of deporting Kiwis sentenced to at least a year in prison: “I don’t actually think the Australian position’s sustainable over the very long term”. Says he will be meeting with new PM Malcolm Turnbull to discuss the issue “in the very foreseeable future”. He could play the “ANZAC spirit” card, but won’t be “throwing our toys out of the cot” as that would force him “into a corner”. “You’ve got to give political leaders a chance if they’re going to make nuanced changes to policies to do so in a way where they can preserve their dignity but maybe cut you a bit more space. “ Key says NZ could live with “some extension” of patent lengths on medicines as part of the TPP but not a “dramatic one” “But we are at that crunch point with dairy, where we need to get more for New Zealanders if we can, and that’s what we’re working on.” Says Islamic State and Syrian President both need to go but IS probably needs to be dealt...

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Emir Hodzic: No troubles in Godzone

Article – Emir Hodzic Being in New Zealand now, while the Middle East burns and Europe is overwhelmed with refugees, is like being on the other side of the planet. Well, New Zealand is actually on the other side of the planet. So far away in fact, that nothing disrupts Prime … No troubles in Godzone Emir Hodzic Being in New Zealand now, while the Middle East burns and Europe is overwhelmed with refugees, is like being on the other side of the planet. Well, New Zealand is actually on the other side of the planet. So far away in fact, that nothing disrupts Prime Minister’s “rebranding” project. Nothing except rugby, that is. Everything is fine and dandy in Godzone. Except, sometimes thousands of “uninformed” and “politically irrelevant” New Zealanders take to the streets in protest of the TPPA free trade agreement, and the unusual secrecy behind it. Unfolding human tragedy does make it to the 6 o’clock news, but it is so far away that it isn’t our problem. Most have accepted the Government’s explanation that we can’t afford to take more refugees, and some have even embraced good old-fashioned racism and bigotry. “All they will do is sit around dreaming of ways to kill us” one concerned Kiwi commented, “What you people need is a boot back to your nation, and fight your own way out, you...

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