New Zealand First is in the box seat to help form the next Government - and, in exchange, will be looking to exact key policy concessions. Shane Cowlishaw explores how one of their pillars, cutting immigration, could affect industries reliant on foreign labour and what businesses are doing to prepare for any changes.
In today's email we dig into Labour's "not too hot and not too cold" migration policy.
Labour has announced it would reduce net migration by 20,000 to 30,000 a year if it was in government, mostly by limiting the work visas available to international students at private training establishments.
In today's email we examine Michael Woodhouse's balancing act as he walks the tightrope between taking a "Kiwis first" line and reassuring employers who need migrant workers, and we also detail how 1989 was the year that rule changes triggered a massive inter-generational divide.
In today's email we dive into the migration debate, look at the resurgence of the homelessness issue, and find that fixing our waterways is going to be an expensive, slow process.
After months of reports about widespread abuse of migrants, the Government moved this morning to crack down on employers who break the rules.
Housing and migration are shaping up as the big issues in next year's election and this week's figures show the Government faces a huge task to convince the public that new housing supply is growing fast enough to keep up with the fastest population growth from migration in over 100 years.
In another reminder that migration is right at the centre of the economic and political debate, Statistics New Zealand reported net migration jumped back up to a record high 6,340 in seasonally adjusted terms in the month of September from 5,660 in August.
The Government announced a significant tightening of its migration settings yesterday, moving to increase the skill levels of new permanent residents, suspend applications from parents and toughen the English language requirements. It is also reviewing temporary work visas and student visas, along with the work testing around those visas.
The symbolism of it could not be any clearer.