JULIE SANDI­LANDS

South Waikato News - - Out & About -

In Aotearoa, es­pe­cially, we are all im­mi­grants or the de­scen­dants of im­mi­grants. In or­der to pro­vide a high-qual­ity of life for all New Zealan­ders, we should man­age im­mi­gra­tion lev­els in a way that is sus­tain­able, and our in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices need to be able to cope with New Zealand’s pop­u­la­tion. If we in­vest in health pre­ven­tion, sup­port­ing fam­i­lies, a low-car­bon, fu­ture-fo­cused econ­omy, af­ford­able hous­ing, and public trans­port, New Zealand can eas­ily sup­port and ben­e­fit from cur­rent im­mi­gra­tion lev­els. If we fail to in­vest in th­ese ar­eas, the bur­den on our public ser­vices and nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment will con­tinue to grow (through in­creased need for health spend­ing on obe­sity re­lated diseases, for ex­am­ple), even if im­mi­gra­tion lev­els drop. Im­mi­grants ben­e­fit New Zealand through new ideas and new ways of do­ing things. Im­mi­grants are of­ten highly en­tre­pre­neur­ial, and bring skills and ideas that can take us places, and lift liv­ing stan­dards for ev­ery­one. We also have a com­mit­ment as part of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to take in refugees. Some peo­ple worry that im­mi­gra­tion threat­ens our way of life. It is im­por­tant that we trea­sure the pos­i­tive as­pects of New Zealand cul­ture. There­fore, the Green Party pro­poses that all im­mi­grants re­ceive train­ing on Te Tir­iti o Wai­tangi. How­ever, it is also im­por­tant that we don’t see our­selves through rose coloured glasses. New Zealand cul­ture and way of life has many pos­i­tive as­pects, but we also have a drink­ing cul­ture, a rape cul­ture, high lev­els of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence

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