It’s quaint that NZ media seem to think rich people buying citizenship in NZ is a surprise. The Spin blog went as far as giving a far right think tank platform to defend rich people buying NZ residency.
Our free market system of allowing Ministers to ignore agency advice is ripe for bribery and the recent case of Peter Thiel reminds us of Shane Jones and his remarkable decision to allow William Yan to stay in NZ
The last thing NZ First want is any scrutiny behind why Jones did that just as Jones is about to stand as a candidate for them.
Hilariously Kim Dotcom was turned down when he applied, it wasn’t until the Intelligence Agencies became involved that he was allowed residency, they did that with the plans ultimately to arrest him.
The truth is that NZ is open for business when it comes to allowing rich people to buy residency and both Labour and National are guilty of doing it.
That the Egalitarian Nation that was once NZ would happily sell residency to rich people makes us no better than half a dozen of other banana republics around the world who do the exact same thing.
We don’t need these rich pricks here.
You want to know the real reason Peter Thiel was allowed in NZ?
Thiel helps the 5 Eyes mass surveillance monster with his company Palantir.
I bet if the media ask official information requests about who the Minister spoke to in making their decision, one of the National Security agencies will have briefed the Minister.
This isn’t just bribery and the elites buying themselves what they want, this is payment for the deep state.