Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


NZ Door Swings Wide Open For International Criminals


Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First Leader
15 November 2012

NZ Door Swings Wide Open For International Criminals

New Zealand First says international criminals will flood into the country through the Government’s “special arrangement” for China Southern Airlines’ (CSA) frequent fliers to dodge visa checks.

Rt Hon Winston Peters says Immigration Minister Nathan Guy not only ignored advice from his officials about introducing the scheme which places New Zealand’s border security at serious risk.

“Even the New Zealand Police warn on their website about Asian crime syndicates being involved in extortion, drug trafficking, identity fraud, and people smuggling.

“Over the past couple of months alone there have been police crackdowns on Asian gangs in Spain and Australia engaged in this sort of criminal activity.

“It will be our turn once this outrageous visa fast-track ‘special arrangement’ opens up New Zealand’s borders to criminals who regularly fly with the Chinese Communist Government-owned CSA.”

Mr Peters says it’s clear that Auckland’s Sky City Casino lobbied the New Zealand Government to fast-track CSA frequent fliers into the country.

“It is inconceivable that the Government would listen to Sky City when the Department of Internal Affairs has warned of concerns about money laundering in New Zealand,” says Mr Peters.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Law Commission: Review Of Search And Surveillance Act Begins

“For example, the Act was drafted before cloud-based storage of data was commonplace. In the light of these and other developments, the Commission will be examining whether the investigative powers in the Act are sufficient for law enforcement purposes. We will also consider whether the safeguards that surround those processes are adequate.” More>>

ALSO:

Houses, Campers And Cops: LGNZ Media Briefing

At their quarterly media briefing today Local Government New Zealand addressed areas where local authorities are feeling pressure and outlined their approach for the upcoming local body elections in September-October. More>>

ALSO:

17 Year Sentences In Baby Moko Case: Attorney General On Plea Bargain

“The Crown’s decisions in this case, including the decision to accept the manslaughter pleas, were motivated by the need to secure convictions for this horrendous killing and to avoid the significant risk that either of the defendants could escape such a conviction because of evidential issues.” More>>

ALSO:

As Govt Cuts Lobby Anti-Smoking Group Funds: On The Nation - Plain Packaging Debate

Imperial Tobacco leaves open possibility of law suit against New Zealand government if plain packaging is introduced, as planned. Says it’s a “last resort” but “of course we will defend the right to use our brands”. More>>

ALSO:

No Rail For New Harbour Crossing: National Giving Up On Rail In Auckland

The National Government’s decision to scrap two planned rail lines in Auckland shows it is giving up on a city-wide rail network in Auckland, and on thousands of commuters who sit in traffic jams every single day, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Ombudsman’s Verdict On Paula Rebstock And Ian Rennie

Unfortunately, the brave and damning report by Ombudsman Ron Paterson on the “flawed” and “unfair” inquiry conducted by Dame Paula Rebstock into events at MFAT pulls back the veil on a far wider issue. More>>

ALSO:

Charities' Report: Stressed Families - Overstretched Services

“Like so many of the whānau and families they serve social service organisations are under huge financial stress. The support demanded from desperate people in communities is far outreaching the resources available.” More>>

ALSO:

Detention: Wellingtonians Protest Treatment Of Refugees

Peace Action Wellington (PAW) and around 50 Wellingtonians blockaded the Australian High Commission, creating a symbolic detention centre to protest the Australian Government's policy of mandatory offshore detention for refugees and asylum seekers. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news