Little on immigration – transcript

There’s been a lot of discussion on whether Andrew Little was led by journalists on immigration questions and whether he was unfairly quoted.

Here’s a transcript of the stand-up that was reported on.

Journalist: What impact do you think immigration has on those lower skilled and service industry waiters?

Little: I think it’s fair to say it’s having some impact, we know that we’ve got a reasonably high level of inward migration, and it’s not all at a skilled level, we know that some of those coming in are a kind of semi-skilled sort of level. It wasn’t the intention of the original concept to do that. So I think we are justified in having a look at that to make sure we’re getting the right mix and balance, and we’re not compromising the interests of those who are already living here and trying to get decent paying conditions.

Journalist: I saw a graph today and it was showing the most common skilled immigrants by category, and it was just the letter C and the most common was chef.

Little: Yeah, yeah, yeah. And I know that, we know that that is happening particularly  you know in a lot of um you might say ethnic cuisines, so your Chinese, your Indian…you’re getting a lot folks coming here from overseas to…the hospitality industry with those particular ah cooking skills.

I think the question is you know yeah can we actually source those labour needs internally, and that’s why I think we would have a look at immigration just to check  we’ve got the balance right.

We are always going to be dependant on a level of migration to meet the shortfall of skills and needs that we have. We’ve typically relied on migration, immigration to supply senior highly skilled kind of levels. Let’s say that there seems to be a…so we need to have a close look to check to see that we’re getting it right.

That doesn’t seem to be controversial at all, except that Little specifically mentioned Chinese and Indian ethnicities which could suggest he sees those nationalities as particular problems.

Source: Andrew Little on ‘semi-skilled’ migration and ‘ethnic cuisine’

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12 Comments

  1. Ratty

     /  17th March 2016

    If he were to say

    “oh sod off..youre blowing this..”

    I may have respect

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  2. “…specifically mentioned Chinese and Indian ethnicities…” as examples?

    “…specifically mentioned Chinese and Indian ethnicities” which could lead others, especially those who seek to make mischief, to suggest he sees those nationalities as particular problems?

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  3. Pantsdownbrown

     /  17th March 2016

    Yes – a bit of a MSM beat-up it seems but why specifically mention Chinese (first) and then Indians? Its like a Labour ‘reflex-action’ – housing, immigration, sheep stations, chefs, milk – always got to mention those damn Chinese!

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  17th March 2016

      I think that he’s trying to say it without actually saying it. He seems to be trying to please everyone, like the old man and the donkey.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  17th March 2016

        The old man with the donkey, I mean.

        It’s up to him not to be led, if he sees that someone’s trying to, he’s surely been around long enough to know. This journalist doesn’t seem to be doing that, they only made two remarks, both statements of fact.

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        • Pantsdownbrown

           /  17th March 2016

          Yes – but were the comments taken out of context and exaggerated later on……

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  17th March 2016

            It sounded as if AL was using a lot of words to say not very much. He wants to see what response he gets, then he can say that he really meant….

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  17th March 2016

          Sorry, one was a statement of fact and one was an ordinary question.

          I wonder if AL is testing the water. Trying to have a bob each way. All those sayings.

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          • Pantsdownbrown

             /  17th March 2016

            As I mentioned yesterday he is trying a ‘scatter-gun’ approach hoping that if he says enough things one of them will ‘hit its mark’ and prove a hit with the general public – problem is if you keep drawing blanks you look like a loony.

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  4. kiwi guy

     /  17th March 2016

    Because China and India are Vibrant 3rd World hell holes, thats why the concern about them. They bring their nasty cultural attitudes, which created their hell holes in the first place, with them.

    Immigrants from Japan, Germany, Britain ( not their Vibrants though ) diff story. At least there is some quality there.

    Wherever you stop at traffic lights around the Auckland suburbs its always hunched over little old Chinese shuffling across the road wearing those stupid looking sun hats and gloves.

    They get in on family chain migration, the kids bring in their elderly and then its onto the NZ pension for them in a few years.

    Its like hitting the jackpot for these Vibrants. Back home they are insects and can curl up and die in the sewer swamped gutter for all their government and fellow citizens care.

    The Indian and Chinese governments are delighted at the chance to get rid of as many of their swarming billion+ and dump then on the West which is already struggling with stalled economies and burdened welfare systems.

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  5. Pantsdownbrown

     /  17th March 2016

    Nothing like sweeping generalisations eh KG…………

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