The Earth Times: New Zealand’s Asians put into campaign spotlight
Excerpt: Wellington – New Zealand’s fast-growing Asian population seems set for the spotlight at this year’s general election, as official projections that it will nearly double its numbers inside the next 20 years. The nationalist New Zealand First party, which has picked up votes from the anti-immigrant minority in past elections, with “Whose country is it anyway?” campaigns, was quick to capitalize on the new population forecasts.
There are currently about 400,000 Asians in the country and Statistics New Zealand predicted their number would increase by 3.4 per cent a year to 790,000 by 2026 when they would account for 16 per cent of the population. Read more here.
IOL (South Africa): NZealand minister bemoans Asian growth
Excerpt: Wellington – The nationalist New Zealand First party, which is led by Foreign Minister Winston Peters, launched a fresh attack on Asian immigrants on Wednesday after government projections showing they were the fastest-growing group in the population.
Asians were expected to come close to outnumbering the indigenous Maoris in 18 years, when they would account for 16 percent of the total population, Statistics New Zealand said. Read more here.
TV3 News (New Zealand): NZ First launches new attack on Asian immigration
Excerpt: New Zealand First has launched a new attack on Asian immigration, saying New Zealand is going to be flooded with Asians and there is no guarantee about what they are going to do here.
The attack was launched not by Winston Peters but his deputy Peter Brown. Read more here.
Associated Press: Anger Over Rising New Zealand Immigration
Excerpt: WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s Asian population is growing faster than any other ethnic group and will outnumber indigenous Maori by 2026, government figures released Wednesday showed.
The findings drew the ire of an anti-immigrant party that contends the door should be shut on Asian immigrants, claiming they do not integrate into mainstream society. Read more here.
The Age: New Zealand MP accused of ‘Hanson-like’ policies
[FYI: Pauline Hanson is a racist and demagogue Australian politician whose only political platform is to drive away all sorts of migrants out of Australia.]
Excerpt: A New Zealand politician has been compared to Pauline Hanson for suggesting his country shut its doors to Asian immigrants.
New Zealand First deputy leader Peter Brown revived the race debate by saying that NZ was under threat of being “inundated” by people who did not want to integrate. Read more here.
ABC (Australia): Conservative NZ party wants Asian immigration curbed
Excerpt: Immigration is hotting-up as an election issue in New Zealand in the wake of the government’s publication of the latest population figures.
They show that New Zealand’s Asian population is growing faster than any other ethnic group, and could reach nearly 800,000 by 2026, outnumbering indigenous Maoris.
The conservative New Zealand First Party has now said that many Asians are failing to integrate into New Zealand society, and that immigration should be curbed. Read more here.
NZ Herald: Philip Burdon: Misused label fuels fears of ‘invasion’
Excerpt: Concern raised about the threat of Asian immigration since the release of population projections by Statistics New Zealand is regrettable.
At the core of these assertions is the unfortunate belief that there is a standard and ubiquitous Asian migrant.
The reality is that immigrants from Asia come from a range of countries that often have little in common with one another linguistically, historically and culturally. Read more here.
NZ Herald: Bill Ralston: Evil ethnic rice ball of doom
Excerpt: With boring predictability, New Zealand First has again played the race card. Presumably because it wouldn’t look too good for the Minister of Foreign Affairs to be attacking Asian immigration when we are about to sign a free-trade agreement with China, deputy leader Peter Brown must have been delegated the task to try to kick-start the party’s flagging poll ratings this election year.
Nothing galvanises New Zealand First’s rednecks quite like a rollicking attack on immigrants. Read more here.