End Immigration Investment Madness
Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First
Rt Hon Winston Peters has
called for an end to the immigration “madness” of
allowing foreign property buyers to invest in New Zealand
real estate to secure permanent residence here.
follows a report that migration seminars are being conducted
in nations such as Singapore and Malaysia, aimed at people
willing to put upwards of $1.5 million into new residential
One seminar held in Sabah,
Malaysia, last weekend was advertised as "Invest in New
Zealand: investing in real estate to secure permanent
Mr Peters says this practice is of no benefit
to New Zealand whatsoever and simply pushes the price of
houses beyond the reach of local people and brings another
flood of immigrants to Auckland.
“Auckland is bulging at
the seams with lack of housing and gridlocked transport
systems and there is no sign of a coherent plan to improve
“It’s time to stop the immigration overflow
into Auckland and call off the stupid seminars urging
foreigners to buy up our real estate,” says Mr
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>