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Standing Room Only In Auckland

Standing Room Only In Auckland

New Zealand First leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says the latest report from the Auckland Regional Growth Forum is proof that the Government’s obsession with unrestricted immigration is sabotaging the city of Auckland.

The report shows that land for housing in Auckland could run out in less than 15 years. Forum spokesperson David Lindsey says urgent policy changes are needed to ensure Auckland can cope with its population growth.

“Why is the government refusing to hear the cries of Auckland City and deal with the root cause of the problem, which is the number of immigrants being allowed in to this country, says Mr Peters.”

The government will not be able to hide behind fundamentally flawed statistics any longer.

When questioned how many of the 2.045 million people who arrived on Visitor permits in the year ending December 2002 actually left the country, Minister of Immigration Hon Lianne Dalziel could not answer.

People entering New Zealand can merrily tick the visitor category on arrival cards with no intention of ever leaving. No one actually knows how many immigrants arrive here each year and are living here permanently.

Until our Government acknowledges and realises the effects on New Zealanders of unfettered immigration policies, Aucklanders have no hope of saving their city and will be reduced to standing room only.

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