So it seems our ‘Rock Star Economy’ was completely dependent on an imported audience

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…The National Party have nurtured and grown the speculative property bubble with open floodgate immigration and fake foreign student education because it creates a false illusion of middle class wealth that keeps them voting National. 

The total falsehood of our Rock Star Economy has been exposed. Turns out we were only ‘rock star’ because we kept importing the audience…

To anyone who thinks Labour’s new immigration policy goes too far and is xenophobic, compare the number of migrants pouring into New Zealand with Australia and Britain.

New Zealand took in on average 14.7 people for every 1000 in our population during the year to June 30, 2016, and Australia took in the next largest figure at a rate of 7.5 per 1000 population. In 2015 the UK took in 5.1 people per 1000 population.

The data demonstrates that New Zealand’s rate of migration is triple that of the UK. With the Government’s heavy reliance on unprecedented levels of net migration to deliver the broken record of a rock star economy, the strain on infrastructure is set to continue.

Labour’s policy is to curb migration by up to 30,000, and raise the calibre of long-term migrants allowed to enter New Zealand. It also wants to crack down on poor-quality education courses, which can provide a back door to residency. This is long overdue.

Immigration encouraged to grow like Topsy has put the country out of whack. Current migration levels have created a housing shortage, put a strain on infrastructure, and created transport congestion on roads, especially in Auckland.

What’s the point of living in a city that can’t get its workers to work on time, or get them home to spend quality time with family and friends? Kiwis are spending more time in cars as they inch ‘one mile a peanut’ along congested roads, or, pushed out of the housing market, are forced to live in their vehicles for shelter.

…The National Party have nurtured and grown the speculative property bubble with open floodgate immigration and fake foreign student education because it creates a false illusion of middle class wealth that keeps them voting National.

Those who have to live with the reality of free market globalisation, the domestic working classes and beneficiaries who compete for cheap rentals, a creaking public infrastructure and low paid jobs, have little agency or voice.

By slashing the foreign student numbers, Labour are attempting to alleviate the immediate pressure for those working classes, but that will only create a moments pause if the infrastructure, social and physical aren’t given the desperate upgrade they need.

Labour are buying time, but the gross underfunding in the system demands more than building in a breathing space because to date the entire Rock Star Economy has been built upon an imported audience.

That National is even suggesting tax cuts when we are failing young people, ignoring 1600 deaths each year from freezing slum lord houses and suicides may be twice as high as officials admit shows just how delusional are politics has become.

The only way National’s Budget last month was ‘left wing family friendly’ was if that left wing family in question was the Khmer Rouge.

 

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17 Comments

  1. Red Buzzard says:

    +100…good post..unfortunately this will be turned into an anti -racism and anti Winston NZF issue .

    ( as the Greens defined the housing buy up in Auckland … “crude racial profiling”)

    …while our own New Zealanders, especially Maori , are denied housing and the basics of life…cuts in health and care services and state education

    “The data demonstrates that New Zealand’s rate of migration is triple that of the UK.unfortunately”

    • Sally's Husband says:

      Yes, Buzzard, we’ve read the other blog post comments. You’re a NZ First./Peters fan. We get that. But this is a left forum and Peters is a conservative and a closet Tory to boot. You’re not a green supporter, going by your niggling comments against them.

      So we have every right to reject Peters as p[laying any construcrtive part in a Labour/Green govt.. If you don’t like it, doors over there —>

  2. WILD KATIPO says:

    1600 deaths per year in NZ attributed to damp cold housing. Just read the article / link provided.

    That’s appalling.

    ” Labour’s policy is to curb migration by up to 30,000, and raise the caliber of long-term migrants allowed to enter New Zealand. It also wants to crack down on poor-quality education courses, which can provide a back door to residency. This is long overdue.”

    Labour will be getting my vote this September. Enough is definitely enough. I also do not like a political party with such a deceitful and abysmal track record such as National knowingly importing a future potential voting bloc to facilitate their socially destructive agenda for enriching the elites.

    And OF COURSE many of these immigrants will vote for the party that enabled them .

    The political motives are strong for the National party and their reasons to continue with this unbridled , irresponsible immigration setting , – as are their reasons for so many , many years in arrogantly denying what so many govt, business and social services in report after report have been stating.

    About homelessness.
    About the housing crisis.
    About deliberately underfunded and inadequate infrastructure.
    About fraudulent private educators and immigration scams.
    About lauding a ‘ Rockstar Economy’- and importing even more immigrants to keep wages down.
    About whole family’s living out of garages and cars and vans.

    Enough is enough of all this. No modern western country should have to put up with this sort of garbage.

    And though I would be just as happy to vote Greens or NZ First , this time round I’m going to add my tiny drop in the political bucket and vote for Labour this coming election. I’m going to make damn sure I know I’ve done what I can to get rid of these subversive National party neo liberals.

    The name of the game is getting rid of National this coming September.

    • OnceWasTim says:

      Well said.
      When the policy was first announced, the MSM concentrated on student visas with the PTE sector screaming.
      I made comments here: https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2017/06/12/labour-cauterises-the-foreign-student-rort/

      thinking it was a good start.
      I was concerned about the number of students who’d come and been royally ripped by a shoddy system and mechanisms that are tantamount to people trafficking.
      The policy is better than a good start. It should be read IN FULL
      http://www.labour.org.nz/immigration, because it also provides some hope for immigrants who’re already here, who’ve been ripped, but who now hold experience and expertise in various sectors in the regions (and who can that on to Kiwis).
      It’s a sensible, well thought out policy, and one I suspect the Greens aren’t too unhappy with. Nor should Winston/NZ1 be.

      What it doesn’t address are some of the many issues in Dr. Christina Stringer’s report – as far as the system and mechanism that enables it all. Such as corrupt and shoddy agents and consultants. BUT THEN IT IS AN IMMIGRATION POLICY – not a policy on how all those who’ve been subjugated and ripped might be compensated, or how the system can be improved (such as properly resourced and independent INZ and Labour Inspectorate – and indeed NZQA)

      As you suggest though, watch the traffickers scream like hell and concentrate on bits and pieces of the policy in order to progress their agendas. They must be getting scared.

    • darth smith says:

      the case is now vote national out for a future its become life and death situation

  3. Castro says:

    The number of people being imported is so high proportionally relative to other developed nations (or any nation, for that matter) as to be neo-colonial. Get ready for the civil war, No Zealand; this sh*t is fundamentally unsustainable both economically and, more importantly, socially. New Zealand Wars II. If you have nothing to lose, make a list, and get ready to start checking off names with impunity when civil order breaks down.

  4. Observer Tokoroa says:

    John Key, and Bill English – have rubbished Maori and New Zealanders

    They have called us useless.

    But they have taken (and are still taking ) donations from extremely wealthy immigrants and given them opportunities that Kiwis can only dream of. Banks, Prisons, Supermarkets, Casinos, Hotels, Parking Stations, Energy Companies, Housing….. endless wealth…..endless

    Donations for National is Wealth for Foreigners.

    SHAME SHAME SHAME National !

  5. Mike the Lefty says:

    The government has been caught out when it admitted that immigration was a chief driver of the economy, after denying it repeatedly over the last few years.
    But incredibly the response from the MSM has been virtually non-existent.
    They have either just not noticed, or have noticed all right but are too embarrassed to say anything about it because their National Party mates don’t want it publicised.
    Either way, the performance by our intrepid MSM on this is totally inept and journalistically appalling.

    • WILD KATIPO says:

      And even though I despise the neo liberal scumbag- apparently Geoffrey Palmer is bleating about our democracy being under threat – and along with stating that the OIA has become toothless and the Act in 2016 set a dangerous precedent by criminalizing whislteblowers from leaking information to journalists ,… he also fires a salvo at the poor standard of media and journalism in this country.

      Political Roundup: Let’s make government more democratic – NZ Herald
      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11879523

      Its time the National party neo liberals were voted out.

      And just to clarify – it isn’t the members, or even the backbenchers ,… it is the odious stench of globalist lies as one makes their way further towards the front benches of the National party that causes the offence.

      As we have seen with Pike River and the latest scandal involving Todd Barclay and Bill English and their covering each others arses in illegal recordings…

  6. Andrewo says:

    The values of my properties went up more under Clark than under Key.

    Subsequently they’ve gone down slightly under English!

    None of this is surprising when taking into account that both Clark and Cullen were heavily invested in property and one of the first things the Key government did upon taking office was close the LAQC tax loophole.

    • WILD KATIPO says:

      I know who Clark and Cullen were but who’s Key?

      I do know there was a ponytail puller guy who said he pissed in showers on a radio station once, …. was that him?

    • Sally's Husband says:

      “The values of my properties went up more under Clark than under Key.
      Subsequently they’ve gone down slightly under English!”

      Citations please, Andrew?? Otherwise you’re making up more of your usual Tory bullshit.

      It was under English’s watch that Auckland’s average house prices cracked the million dollar mark. Do you refute that?

  7. Mike in Auckland says:

    Yes, this country has more immigrants living here as per capita of population, as most if not all so called “western” countries.

    It has had higher immigration over not just the last few years, over the last decade or more actually, thank the UK, Canada and USA, and they are at times moaning about the challenges and pressures they face there.

    Only with a docile or put to sleep population like the Sleepy Hobbits in NZ Inc. can a government get away with such policies. Bribing them, making them hooked on immigration, as that is what keeps the economy “growing”, all else is not that ‘hot’.

    And still now, the MSM and opinion makers go on about Labour being “anti immigrant’, FFS, we need an election shock here, a real election shock, does anybody please bother wake the Sleepy Hobbits up, and show them by daylight, what their country has become?

  8. Jack Ramaka says:

    The big problem we have with the Auckland Housing Ponzi Scheme is pricing is at it’s peak, the Banks are reluctant to add any more fuel to the fire and the Housing Bubble needs finance and buyers.

    With pressure on Auckland’s Infrastructure and the likelihood of a change of Government, there could be changes to New Zealand’s Immigration Regulations especially with an influx of 60-70k immigrants into Auckland annually.

    Another factor is the underlying land prices in Auckland have got extremely high hence speculative building is a highly risky business which the Banks are reluctant to get involved in, we basically have a Catch 22 Situation ?

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