The New Zealand Herald recently published an email from a Chinese real estate agent in Auckland, which expressed dismay at NZ’s open door immigration policy:
(Story credit: NZ Herald)
I am a Chinese property agent working in Auckland. Recently I emailed the New Zealand First leader Winston Peters expressing opinions on the immigration policy.
“My family moved to central Auckland in 2001 from mainland China. We came here with the hope of embracing a new lifestyle as well as for the younger generation to receive a superior education.
We remember Auckland as being a city with a unique blend of European and native cultures that is termed “Kiwi”, while the influx of migrants from different ethnicities steadily added vibrancy, colour and prosperity to the city.
Instead of seeing a balanced ethnic mix, Auckland started to acquire an unwholesomely Chinese flavour.
Years went by and something curious happened. There are poorly designed, cheap signs written only in Chinese or with minimal English at every corner of the central suburbs.
These are the supplement shops, internet cafes, restaurants plus a few seemingly dodgy places that are catering exclusively to Chinese customers. Most of them have part time Chinese students as sole employees.
A recent encounter with two young Japanese professionals in Tokyo amused me. “Going to Auckland is like going to China” they said. “You don’t hear English, you don’t see Kiwis, there is just Chinese, Chinese and Chinese.” They felt disillusioned and bewildered.
Similar voices are heard among local international students, “Are we here to study English or Chinese?”
When New Zealand First’s Winston Peters said many immigrants choose New Zealand when they have failed entering Canada, US, UK and Australia he is right. At least it is a well perceived notion among my fellow Chinese that only the “less fortunate” choose New Zealand.
As a consequence, we have been absorbing lower quality immigrants who neither have the intention to assimilate to our culture nor the intention to set up all inclusive businesses that provide jobs for Kiwis.
It is time for us New Zealanders to rethink.”
This is absolutely correct. In many areas of Auckland the pedestrians on the street and the drivers passing you in other cars are largely Chinese, as are many of the shops.
Are these people all engineers, teachers, doctors and nurses – skilled immigrants? No – they are often selling $2 items in $2 shops, or selling Chinese food to other Chinese immigrants.
New Zealand – stop giving your culture away.
To the National Party government: New Zealanders are smart enough to know the difference between GDP growth just from adding people … and real wealth creation, i.e. GDP (economic) growth per person.
Stop selling out New Zealand to unskilled immigrants who dilute your unique culture forever (it is a one-way street) and who do not increase real wealth per person.