Peters plays media with racist taunts

Winston Peters may have had a reasonable point to make about a Herald item today on immigration, but his attack on two journalists with Asian sounding names was widely criticised and deplored.

The Herald has responded with a statement from the editor.

The original Herald article: Top source countries for migrant workers are not Asian

A rise in work visas has been the driving force behind record immigration numbers but the main source countries are not from Asia.

A Herald analysis into immigration data found work visa arrivals increased from 16,787 in 2004 to 41,576 last year.

The top five source countries for work last year are the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, South Africa and the United States of America.

The United Kingdom, which made up 16.6 per cent of work visas issued, has twice as many as those of Germany on 8.8 per cent.

Australians do not require visas to work in New Zealand – the Statistics New Zealand
figures however shows people coming from Australia as their last country of residence.

A response from the journalists: Why Winston Peters got it wrong: The Herald responds to his attack on our journalists

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters today released a media statement about the Herald’s coverage of work visas and the top five source countries for work visas last year. The statement’s opening paragraph read: “New Zealand Herald propaganda written by two Asian immigrant reporters stating the top five source nations for work visas are not Asian is completely wrong and based on flawed analysis, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.” Here is the response from those reporters, Harkanwal Singh and Lincoln Tan.

A decent way to address a contentious issue by Michael Reddell: Which countries did Essential Skills visa grantees come from in the last year?

News on another immigration record: Record migration puts squeeze on housing, roads and the Government

Related video: Watch NZH Focus: Net migration to New Zealand has hit another record

 

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16 Comments

  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  26th April 2017

    What a plonker that man is.

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    • Corky

       /  26th April 2017

      Plonker? One of New Zealand’s most successful politicians is a plonker. Come now, Kitty. Explain why?

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      • kiwi dave

         /  26th April 2017

        “One of New Zealand’s most successful politicians” You have to be joking! Peters only success is lasting so long – achievements? NONE

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        • Corky

           /  26th April 2017

          Lol..love your comment.

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          • Gezza

             /  26th April 2017

            Ma said she can travel on the buses & trains free between 9am and 3pm, and after 6 pm because she’s got a gold card.

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  2. Tipene

     /  26th April 2017

    International student visas are now a known back-door to residency via international colleges. 81 PTE’s are now under investigation. Andrew Laxon at the NZH, John Gerritson at RNZ, and Micheal Morrah at TV3 have all investigated this development. Peters has made a sound point in the figures he has quoted – it probably didn’t help that Peters attacked the ethnicity of the reporters – all Peters had to do was refute the figures on the figures, and he was on solid ground- message got lost in Peters playing the man, not the ball.

    NZ First probably looking north of 20% this election cycle.

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  3. Winnie knows EXACTLY what he is doing and the attack is no mistake. He is targeting explicit segments and this line will resonate.

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  4. Corky

     /  26th April 2017

    I agree with Dave…Winston wouldn’t have opened his mouth unless he had done the permutations.

    Ordinarily, I would have said fair comment to the Herald. Unfortunately they have been guilty of gross misrepresentations in the past. This in my opinion is a little utu returned.

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  5. Conspiratoor

     /  27th April 2017

    Further proof, if any was required, that immigration control has degenerated into farce. Last time I looked print journalists were not on a skills shortage list. Peters is on song with this one

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    • Making uninformed claims is a discordant song.

      Lincoln Tan has been in New Zealand for twenty years. Do you have any idea on what basis he immigrated here?

      As there is a large ethnic population isn’t it appropriate to have some ethnic journalists?

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    • Gezza

       /  27th April 2017

      Yes. When looking at the numbers you need to look at international student numbers too. They are targeted by INZ for Skilled Migrants as on completion of their they have New Zealand qualifications & English language and familiarity with NZ. Nothing wrong with the logic, but implications for our internal labour market.

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  6. Auto_Immune

     /  27th April 2017

    Over a decade ago, Winston was in Parliament, ‘outraged’ over people (typically migrants) using fake passports of countries that no longer existed (e.g. Netherlands East Indies) for fake IDs.

    His source? A series of articles written by Lincoln Tan.

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  7. duperez

     /  27th April 2017

    Peters seeking headlines from crass lowest denominator stuff? Hell, the Herald would never do that! 😇

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