Visa scheme a disgrace - Peters
Wed, 14 Nov 2012 5:19p.m.
The Government is being accused of compromising border security after it confirmed a deal has been struck with China Southern Airlines to fast track visitor visa applications.
NZ First leader Winston Peters revealed the agreement in Parliament today and said Immigration Minister Nathan Guy worked it out with the airline at "secret meetings" in April.
Mr Guy said he met the airline's representatives and there was nothing secret about it.
"Yes, there has been a deal struck with Immigration New Zealand and China Southern Airlines," he said.
"It is going to allow high net-worth individuals to come to New Zealand... there will be some checks and, of course, they will still need to get a visa and they will need to meet health and good character checks."
Mr Guy said the agreement would be rolled out and would be reviewed on a monthly basis to ensure it was robust.
Mr Peters says he has leaked emails from immigration staff which show visas will be "rubber stamped" for frequent flyers who hold the airline's gold and silver cards.
He also says he has an internal memo which warns there are risks associated with Chinese visitors.
"This is clearly an abuse of both New Zealand's border controls and the visitor visa system and it is being driven directly from the minister's office," Mr Peters said.
"It is disgraceful for the minister to confirm in Parliament that he's prepared to weaken our border security to simply attract a few more tourists."
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15/11/2012 9:44:00 a.m.
This is just another example of discrimination of the poor and special treatment of the rich. Typical National stuff. About time there was something done about this discrimination due to class in NZ. Not to mention PSA. How much damage has that one done to the economy and how many lives have been wrecked from this?, and each week it seems that there are new cases being found in our kiwifruit industry.
15/11/2012 8:06:27 a.m.
The trouble people have with the Chinese is that they don't integrate, they only do business with other Chinese. Doing any business with China is a one way street and it's not in NZ's favour. This is one deal we could have done without.
15/11/2012 7:36:19 a.m.
With the Chinese government clamping down on official corruption and corrupt officials needing hide their illicit gains Nathan Guy Minister of Immigrations approval of entry of rich corrupt Chinese Officials without Immigration checks is an open invitation to them to evade checks that will prevent them from laundering the proceeds of crime or from the importation of drugs.
Given the level of corruption in China Nathan Guys claims of assurnces given that would prevent abuse of this privilege are both laughable and completely lacking in credibility.
14/11/2012 11:19:08 p.m.
Obviously below negative comments such as from Katrina, Brian Crawford & Dan, I bet have never been to China or had dealings with any China businesses. I spend several months in China each year as well as NZ. I would much sooner live in China where the Chinese people are polite, respectful, and honest. People who knock other countries should have first hand knowledge and experience before just making crap comments which have no bases or substance. I am ashamed to be a NZer at the way we treat tourists. visitors not to mention Asian basher, Winston Peters who all his doing is getting political points, or thinks he is, via the media. He is a disgrace to NZ the way he conducts himself in and out of parliament. At the end of the day he is only a list MP. I would rather do business with Chinese than most NZer's. Why knock people whoever they are from visiting NZ every dollar helps the NZ economy. or would the knockers like to make up the $$$ and job losses without such visitors. Katrina / Dan your comments are just crap without substance and as bad as Peters. You knockers, WAKE UP.
14/11/2012 10:28:33 p.m.
Visit NZ: 100% Pure Discrimination.
Your visa will be processed in order of the size of your bank balance.
14/11/2012 7:36:14 p.m.
@Dan - I'm surprised TV3 allows your racism to air here. @Brian Crawford, ditto - perhaps you'd rather they did deal with the US? Or would you moan at that too.
14/11/2012 6:47:10 p.m.
I agree Dan, these are high risk people and can not be trusted.
14/11/2012 6:30:58 p.m.
@ Brian...works both ways Brian, William Lui (or whatever his name is) enquiry will be released soon, will show Labour in a terrible light...visa/residency for cash donations anyone?...if it were a National minister/MP i'm sure the left would be screaming/marching for a criminal conviction...but I bet Brian and your lefty ilk it'll just be quickly swept under the carpet and hope it goes away quickly...lol, hypocrites the lot of you. Winstone for last 20+ yrs has beat the anti asian drum, he's a proven liar...and now your falling for it, be careful what you wish for eh?
14/11/2012 6:00:12 p.m.
I see this as "one" good thing to come from National. A changing world means you change with it or get left behind. More people into NZ means more demand for everything. The only possible down side would be employers using them as cheap labor but that is a different issue that needs controlling. Unfortunately National are forcing wages down so it is a kind of double edged sword.
14/11/2012 5:44:43 p.m.
Lets be honest, its because they are ASIAN that Peters has a problem with it.Any country in the world that has high numbers of people crossing the border looks to improve that border crossing.Take the EU which not many years back had armed personel to check as people crossed borders - now no checks and can drive across many of the same borders within the EU.Take moving between NZ and Aus, under Labour we had the border crossing reduced this end with improved passport control where people used automated passport control vs the old manual checks.
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