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NZ would be a ’hell hole’ without values - Peters

There are countless examples of people not respecting NZ values, says New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters.

NZ First passed a remit to introduce a Respecting New Zealand Values Bill for migrants and refugees at the party's annual conference in Tauranga over the weekend.

Respect for gender equality, legal sexual preferences, freedom of religion and a commitment not to campaign against alcohol consumption are among the values the Bill includes.

Mr Peters told Morning Report people signing up to NZ values would help to deter the mass exploitation of migrants including of Indian students and of new nationals in the restaurant trade.

"One of our values is that we do have a minimum wage, we do have minimum work standards and if people are massively exploited then there has to be consequences for those people that do that. Frequently, it's been done to their own."

These things should be unacceptable, he said.

"If they're coming into the country, then they should be asked before they actually sign up, 'do you understand what it entails?'"

"Canada does it, Australia does it, France does it, what's the big deal here?"

In many ways New Zealand has built a special country based on the values it has spent that past 150 years talking about, he said.

"We've spent the last 150 plus years as a country trying to develop New Zealand values, it hasn't been a total success but it hasn't been a total failure either."

New Zealand hasn't quite achieved these values but they are tangible, he said.

"The moment you take them away, you begin to realise what a hell hole we would be."

While some people in the party take this further than others, it is an important debate to have, he said.

"If you don't like those things, then perhaps maybe you should go to some other country."

Green MP Golriz Ghahraman said Mr Peters' position was based on the assumption problems were being imported, when these already existed in New Zealand.

"Presenting ourselves as the harbinger of these values is creating a cultural hierarchy that is actually going to cause disharmony more than anything in New Zealand," she told RNZ.

When asked whether such a policy would make it untenable to work with NZ First after the next election, she said the question was a ''distant hypothetical".

Mr Peters said Ms Ghahraman had presented a "desperate argument".

"What justification could that be, that because some New Zealanders do it, then it should be carte blanch for some new New Zealanders to do it."

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Fully agree

Posted on 02-10-2018 14:43 | By astex

I fully agree with you Winstone although I bet the racist tag will be used against you as usual. Thing is that this would apply to ANY immigeant. The Aussies have it right. Commit a crime and out you go.

Just obey our laws and custom

Posted on 02-10-2018 09:34 | By hapukafin

When in Rome do as the Romans do.We have to do this in many parts of the world .So if you choose to live in NZ then that is very simple.We dont have laws that is unusual in the western world.If you dont want to abide by our law dont choose to come to live here.Some of us were fortunate enough to be born into this country,have been bought up as lawful,hard working respected members of our society.With the influx of immigrants many criminals have arrived with them and have tainted the reputation of the many ethnic residence of their own race,and corrupted many others with drugs and crime.Immigrants that are sworn in to be residence of NZ should be required to sign a agreement to standby the oath they have been sworn to, if they break the law be punished stripped of their residency