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New Zealand immigration hits all-time high

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By NICK PERRY

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Very substantial migration numbers for a country of 5 million.

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Many will move on to Australia where there are more opportunities.

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The infrastructure is overloaded. Road traffic is a nitemare. River/ocean pollution is unbelievable. Its not NZ as we knew it.

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Housing prices have shot up over the last few years, making it hard for young Kiwis to buy somewhere to live, while there is increasing failure to integrate into the 'NZ way of life' by many of these newcomers.

Multiculturalism vs. adaption and integration.

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The infrastructure is overloaded. Road traffic is a nitemare. River/ocean pollution is unbelievable. Its not NZ as we knew it.

It is not crowed in the slightest and traffic is nothing compared to Tokyo . I was there just 2 months ago.

The problem with NZ, is it is the size if the UK, but has less than 10% of the population, so it is very expensive to maintain infrastructure across the country, with so few tax payers to fund it all. If everybody lived in only the major cities, it would not be an issue, but because kiwis like to live in the 'bush', services for even remote areas need to be maintained, which is costly.

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The problem with NZ, is it is the size if the UK, but has less than 10% of the population, so it is very expensive to maintain infrastructure across the country, with so few tax payers to fund it all.

The problem is the tax-dodging oligarchs buying up swathes of NZ property looking towards it s natural beauty and safety, using lots of resources and proportionately contributing very little to the public weal.

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/feb/15/why-silicon-valley-billionaires-are-prepping-for-the-apocalypse-in-new-zealand

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Multiculturalism really doesn't work.

The only way to make it sort of work is to follow the Japanese model.

I sure am glad I live in Japan as opposed to the UK or the Netherlands or Australia....countries where multiculturalism has failed.

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@dagon

True - actually considering what is happening in the world right now (Ukraine/Israel), and what might happen (China/Taiwan), NZ doesn't look to unattractive about now.

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Went to NZ on a holiday almost a decade ago.

The first thing that struck me on landing in Auckland airport were the electronic signs in Punjabi, and it seemed the cab drivers were all Punjabis.

Lot of Patels too, just like the family in the pic above so it seems they will soon have signs in Gujarati too.

While driving back from Rotorua to Auckland my GPS malfunctioned and I got lost. Pulled over in a parking lot in a small town and the guy who tried to help me with the directions was a Chinese restaurant owner who could not speak much English.

My hotel in Auckland had an Indian manager on night shift, and the bell boy was also Indian.

In Te Anau stayed in a hotel where the manager was from Sri Lanka, and in Fox Glacier again an Indian.

That was a decade ago so now New Zealand would be well on its way to becoming an Asian country. I guess the Kiwis have no problems with that so who am I to disagree with them.

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Have to admit that I looked at moving to NZ around 2008. Being in a small country BEFORE explosive growth can be charming. Those were the "good old days", I fear.

At best, they will grow into something like Canada.

I shutter to think of what the worst case would be, but it will come with very, very, high taxation.

The good news is that both personal and corporate tax levels have been declining the last 4+ yrs, so I'm more hopeful than pessimistic. If they can deal with immigration and merging different cultures, it could be amazing.

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David Brent

Multiculturalism really doesn't work.

Yes it does.

The only way to make it sort of work is to follow the Japanese model.

The Japanese model? That has been an abject failure. Japan has a declining and aging population; who are going to look after the elderly.

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David BrentOct. 11 03:22 pm JST

Multiculturalism really doesn't work.

The only way to make it sort of work is to follow the Japanese model.

Soooo.... no multiculturalism at all?

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The Japanese model? That has been an abject failure

Not at all. Japan is currently a safe, pleasant country to live in, mostly due to the homogenous population. It’s going to go downhill from here though, sadly, as they ramp up immigration from third world countries.

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