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.

Arrests over race-hate attacks on Asians in NZ

Arrests over race-hate attacks on Asians [in New Zealand]
By Kiran Chuh – The Nelson Mail | Monday, 09 June 2008

Nelson police say two “skinheads” have been arrested following two unprovoked racist attacks in the central city, which left the victims terrified and shaken on Sunday.

Senior Constable Phil Wylie of Nelson police said the 23-year-old and 24-year-old Nelson men were both due to appear in the Nelson District Court Monday on a number of charges, following the assaults.

He described the two men, who were arrested Sunday, as skinheads. Read full story here.

Local [New Zealand] students fail discrimination test
By Martha McKenzie-Minifie – The New Zealand Herald | 15 May 2008

Three in four international students feel they have been discriminated against by local students, according to the results of a major study.

But the more than 2600 students from overseas to respond felt better about treatment they got from teachers and staff at institutions – and other international students. Read full story here

Details of immigration policy of the National Party

These are the highlights of the National Party’s immigration policy. It will only take effect if they win the election in September 17 this year.

  • A focus on skilled immigrants and giving greater recognition to those with proven work experience.
  • Immigrants will have to satisfy a good conduct requirement for four years before they can qualify for permanent residence. Those who break the criminal law will be sent home immediately.
  • Immigrants will not be able to qualify for welfare benefits for four years.
  • People sponsoring family to come to New Zealand will have to prove they can support them for the four-year benefit stand-down period.
  • The refugee quotas will be cut to the United Nations approved quota of 750, and savings will be reallocated to help refugees improve their English.
  • Investor Category immigrants will have to invest their money for a minimum of four years.
  • Business immigrants will have to create at least two permanent full-time jobs for non-family members.
  • The Immigration Service and the Citizenship Office will be merged.
    Source: Brash announces immigration policy 09/08/2005. National Party.
  • On a personal note, the proposal of National seems sensible but like what a friend had said it could confuse wannabe immigrants and go to other countries instead.

    Nats tout immigrant benefit stand-down. 09/08/2005.
    National sets out ‘disciplined’ immigration plan. 09/08/2005. NZ Herald.
    NZ Population close to static. 09/08/2005. NZ Herald.