Immigration

Aotearoa has been blessed and burdened by immigration over the centuries – from the arrival of the first people of the land whom we know as ori, to the arrival much later of European settlers, and to the many, many other races who have come to our shores over the past 50 years 

MANA’s immigration policy recognises: 

  • Māori as the first nation of Aotearoa, tangata whenua (people of the land)
  • the right of Māori to play a leading role in the development of immigration policy
  • that Aotearoa is a nation in the Pacific, and that Māori are part of the Pasifika family
  • the importance of treating all immigrants with manaakitanga, dignity and respect
  • Article 4 of Te Tiriti o Waitangi which acknowledges religious freedom and the right of Muslims to come to Aotearoa and to live here without fear of persecution
  • the impact of immigration on our land, our people, our water, our social standards and our economy
  • the right to halt the sale of lands to foreign owners where that impacts on the integrity of our sovereignty and general wellbeing of our people 

Obligations

All immigrants shall be required to:

  • achieve passes in Treaty Education, Māori, English and cultural norms in Aotearoa
  • pass tests on the basic laws of the country
  • participate in community development programmes
  • accept that they may be required to live in a particular part of Aotearoa for the first 10 years
  • understand that serious breaches of the law may lead to their deportation 

Pasifika

  • Aotearoa has the largest Pasifika population in the world – a population that began with the arrival of the Māori and now includes large groups of their cousins from across the Pacific.
  • Pasifika people who have earned the right to a pension can take that pension back to the Islands
  • Pasifika families affected by climate change shall be our refugees of first priority

Refugees

  • We have the capacity to increase our refugee quota, and we shall do so
  • We shall increase the resources available to settle refugees
  • We shall develop more positive standards to manage family reunification
  • The skilled migrant category shall only be used if local employment/training options have been properly exhausted
  • The investor category shall be rewritten to ensure ongoing benefits for local communities
  • Temporary migrant workers shall receive the same pay and conditions as local workers
  • We shall help immigrants reach the standards needed to practise their professions in Aotearoa 

Immigrants

  • The skilled migrant category shall only be used if local employment/training options have been properly exhausted
  • The investor category shall be rewritten to ensure ongoing benefits for local communities
  • Temporary migrant workers shall receive the same pay and conditions as local workers
  • We shall help immigrants reach the standards needed to practise their professions in Aotearoa

Quotas

Immigration shall be reviewed annually based on:

  • Pacific requirements
  • Changes in population and skills
  • The ability of our society to cope with immigration
  • Our international obligations regarding refugees and other immigrants
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