Interesting NZ Herald articles and readers comments

The following are interesting “have your say” topics and it’s related news stories on the New Zealand Herald wesbite.  It offers insight to what some New Zealanders and some outsiders think on immigration matters.

Your Views Topic: Do you agree with New Zealand First’s views on immigration?
Related News: Integrate or stay away, migrants told

Your Views Topic: What do you think of Lockwood Smith’s immigration comments?
Related News: ‘Asians have small hands’ remarks ‘racist’, ‘daft’, say leaders

Your Views Topic: Are you coming home to NZ? Tell us why?
Related News: Brain-drain Kiwis find grass is greener at home

Your Views Topic: Are Peter Brown’s comments on Asian immigrants ‘racist’?
Related News: NZ First’s Brown slammed for ‘racist’ anti-Asian remarks

NZ Immigration Related News Round-up

NZ Herald: Integrate or stay away, migrants told
Sep 29, 2008
By Lincoln Tan

New Zealand First says it will not welcome immigrants if they come from societies with a “class system” or where women are treated as subservient to men.

Deputy leader Peter Brown, an immigrant from England, told a crowd of mainly refugees and immigrants at a political debate in Mt Albert yesterday that New Zealand was an “egalitarian society” and those who could not integrate were not welcome. More.

NZ Herald: Parties send debaters to win over immigrants
Sep 26, 2008
By Lincoln Tan

National will be pitching for votes in Labour heartland this weekend as the parties face off for another political debate to woo ethnic voters before the election. More.

NZ Herald: Migration loss to Aussie highest in nearly 20 years
Sep 19, 2008

The annual loss of people from this country to Australia hit a 19-1/2-year high in August, new figures from Statistics New Zealand show.

The net outflow to Australia on a permanent or long term (PLT) basis was 33,000 in the August year, compared to 25,900 in the August 2007 year. More.

NZ Herald: Asians fear being political football
Jul 07, 2008
By Lincoln Tan

Auckland’s Asian migrants are bracing themselves for a backlash against claims of an “Asian invasion” as this year’s election draws closer.

Their numbers are tipped to rise further in a report due out tomorrow – but many Asians say the label is meaningless anyway. More.

NZ Herald Your Views: Have you moved to New Zealand? How do you like it?

New Zealand Herald Your Views: Have you moved to New Zealand? How do you like it?

The link above brings you to answers of New Zealanders and immigrants to New Zealand on their experience on moving to New Zealand. The reactions of people are mixed.

New Zealand related immigration news and opinion

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.

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NZ Herald: Professional migrants face discrimination in NZ – study

Excerpt: Highly skilled immigrants struggle to find jobs in New Zealand because they come up against a wall of discrimination from both potential employers and recruitment consultants, a Massey University study has found.

The Wellington-based study by human resource management lecturer Jacqui Campbell and communication lecturer Mingsheng Li unearthed disturbing evidence that many new arrivals remained unemployed or accepted unskilled work because of racism. Read more here.

NZ Herald: [New Zealand’s] Open-door policy on migrants ‘a danger’

New Zealand First has suggested the door should be shut on Asian immigrants.

Deputy leader Peter Brown said yesterday that there was a danger Asian “mini-societies” were being built in New Zealand. Read more here.

NZ Herald: Flow of [New Zealand] migrants to Australia still big

Excerpt: The annual flow of New Zealand residents to live in Australia is the biggest since the middle of 2001.

Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) said a net 29,600 people migrated to Australia in the year to February, up from 22,200 in the February 2007 year. Read more here.

NZ Herald: MP’s Indian neighbours hit back at ‘racist’ claims

Excerpt: Fourteen-year-old Karamjit Singh lives in the same Tauranga street as New Zealand First MP Peter Brown.

But that’s about all he has in common with his neighbour.

The Otumoetai College student said he felt “put down” by Mr Brown’s comments this week about curbing Asian immigration. Read more here.

More On Saturday’s Anti-Racism March

Scoop: A Backgrounder On Today’s Anti-Racism March

from the report:

A Backgrounder On Today’s Anti-Racism March

By Derek ChengWhen first-generation Chinese New Zealander Tze Ming Mok talked to a National Front member outside the Chinese Embassy in June, she was called a “peasant” and to return to her “third-world country”. When she asked why he refused to look at her, he said the sight of her face was disgusting and ugly.

Images and video from the rallies:

Scoop Images: Multicultural Aotearoa In Wellington

Scoop Images: Fairies Against Fascism Vs National Front

Scoop Video: The Scary Fairies And The National Front

News articles relating to the rallies and parties involved:

Three arrests, police officer hurt after National Front march

Two groups poles apart to rally at Parliament

Hate speech laws could ban us, says National Front leader

Violence feared if rallies coincide

Skinheads chased off by anti-Nazi brigade

Group to march against facists

Front Critical Of Police

Press releases:

March Against Racism Forces Backdown

Alliance Supports Anti-Racism March

Related blog posts with links to other resources on the issue:

The controversial mailer

Racism?