I would never have thought it, but the land that I call home is becoming more and more xenophobic. Have they been watching Taiwan or something?!
[quote]The Changing Face of New Zealand
Immigration raises profound issues for the future of this country.
It goes to the heart of who we are as a nation, and for that reason the present unprecedented rates of immigration are having a serious impact on our national identity.
New Zealand First is not against immigration - as long as it is in our national interest, but the numbers arriving here are out of control.
According to official statistics, the annual rate of arrivals is now more than 70,000 - or the equivalent to the entire population of Palmerston North coming each year. (Some studies give an even higher figure).
It is impossible for a small country, with only four million people, to absorb these numbers without serious disruption, and without changing the face and character of our country.
About 300,000 New Zealand residents speak little, or no English, and the number is growing all the time.
Recent changes to the immigration system will not mean any reduction in the numbers arriving. It will simply mean shuffling the queues because the Government intends maintaining the numbers.
Auckland is bursting at the seams because another “city” of immigrants arrive every year, placing impossible strains on social services, housing and roading systems.
There is no other example in the world of a Government, that in peacetime has deliberately allowed its major population and economic centre to be overwhelmed by mass immigration as is the case with Auckland.
New Zealand First believes that New Zealand is for New Zealanders and that we have to look after our own first. We do not believe that Kiwis should queue behind immigrants for housing, health treatment, education or employment.
All over the world people are striving to strengthen their own cultural identity.
For some absurd reason, we are doing the opposite - what makes our society distinctive is being submerged in a tidal wave of immigration.
The clock cannot be turned back. The tidal wave of migrants coming into New Zealand is changing this country forever.
Mass immigration threatens our values, our customs and our way of life.
New Zealand First is the only party committed to a drastic reduction in immigration. We say that we have to put the brakes on - not next year - not even next month - but NOW!
Just what is a New Zealander anyway, for that matter, what is a Taiwanese?
This whole thing seems to be bred from insecurity and fear.
Comments and rebutals from this article please.