WINSTON PETERS: Work visa record a kick in the teeth for young Kiwis


Work visa record a kick in teeth for young Kiwis

Another week under National and another record this country doesn’t need.

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse seemed to be proud of himself when it was announced a record 226,000 people from overseas got work visas in the 2016/17 financial year.

And there was more – another sizeable increase is expected in the next year so that 243,000 work visas are expected to be issued.

Let’s remember this is all on top of a record 73,000 net migrants who are settling here permanently each year – and that figure is rising as well.

Then Mr Woodhouse made the ridiculous statement that all these people from overseas working in New Zealand will not keep New Zealanders out of a job.

That shows either his incompetency or his dishonesty.

New Zealand has more than 90,000 young New Zealanders who are not in work, education or training.

They are not going anywhere; they will stick around – and because the National government ignores them, clog up the welfare system, in some cases, for the rest of their lives.

No hope, no job, leads to dysfunctional families, more crime, a less happy society and a less efficient society.

That record number of work visas is a slap in the face of young New Zealanders.

It means they will struggle harder to get a job and to get on the ladder of life.

Where are the training schemes to motivate and get young New Zealanders into work and not fiddly little schemes that just nibble away at the edges?

Where is the investment in our young New Zealanders?

They are the future of this country.

But under National they are being let down abominably – and our society will pay the price.
Winston Peters is the New Zealand First Leader