Labour say they would definitely cut immigration, but are still working on their policy so can’t say what they actually propose.
NZ Herald: Labour Party promises to cut immigration
Labour is promising to cut immigration in a bid to curb Auckland’s rampant growth and creaking infrastructure.
Labour’s election campaign manager and Te Atatu MP, Phil Twyford, said the party was still working on the policy, which was not about slashing immigration but would probably have a number on it to find a better balance.
He said Labour was still working on the policy and it was too soon to say what cap Labour might put on immigration.
“The current levels of immigration without proper investment in infrastructure is totally irresponsible,” Twyford said.
This seems little more than Government bad, vague suggestions of doing something different, which has pretty much been how Labour has campaigned so far in election year.
Deputy Labour leader and Mt Albert MP Jacinda Ardern said no-one could deny the role immigration has played for New Zealand’s economy and diversity, but it was time for a discussion about whether Auckland could offer the “kiwi life” to new migrants.
“I want people who choose to make Auckland their home to have their best shot to live in an affordable home, move across the city with ease and swim in a healthy environment,” Ardern said.
That’s even more vague. All Ardern has done is tie Labour’s kiwi dream slogan to the three issues that every candidate has dutifully repeated.
Twyford seem to have just poked some campaign palaver to media, there is no recent press release on this.
Twyford is Labour’s Auckland campaign manager. Neither him nor Ardern are the Labour spokesperson for immigration. That is Ian Lees-Galloway, who last put out a press release on immigration in February:
Today’s release of latest immigration statistics is further proof the Government has absolutely no plan for immigration and its impact on New Zealand, says Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway.
It’s ironic blasting National for having “no plan on immigration” when Twyford has just said that “Labour was still working on the policy and it was too soon to say”.
“It’s clear Bill English has no plan for immigration and National can’t cope with the impacts on housing prices, infrastructure and the labour force. A major reason why so many migrants flock to Auckland is because the Government has no plan for regional economic development.
“Labour will create opportunities in the regions that will be attractive to high skilled migrants…
Twyford wants to cut numbers, Ardern wants “kiwi life” to be hunky dory, and Lees-Galloway wants immigrants to go to the regions.
Labour wants to “probably have a number on it to find a better balance”, sometime, maybe.
And Andrew little puts such an importance on addressing immigration didn’t mention it at all in his Speech at State of the Nation 2017.