专栏名称:墨心评论
作者: 墨心评论
简介: Moshin (墨心) is a 21st Century Activist based in Auckland New Zealand, who has developed a strong focus on Chinese civilization and its cultural and political influences over the world. 天维论坛ID:野门墨心

Labour policies NZ Chinese are unhappy about

发布时间:2017-10-31 17:59:13
分享到:

Most NZ Chinese are still in shock from the dramatic turn of event last night. But I saw many local Chinese media has changed the nickname of Jacinda Ardern from “Bunny Tooth Girl” to “Lady Ardern” to show their respect of the PM-designate.

However, from what I saw and heard, most of the local Chinese are unhappy about Labour’s policies. Complaints are viral on Wechat claiming:

1, Drop of NZ currency

2, Benefit increase and free tertiary education

3, International students visa restriction

4, Work visa restrictions

5, Foreign speculator banned from house buying in NZ

6, and more…

And, I think their unhappiness are reasonable.

The successful businesses owned by the local Chinese (not Chinese companies such as Huawei or the Airlines) are mostly based in industries closely related to international education, immigration consultancy, international investment (property or business), currency trading, travel and import n export, all with/for Chinese customers in China. While the Labour policies seem to make their businesses harder, aren’t they?

I don’t want to attack the values of Labour here, because I understand there must be a reasonable way to explain why those policies came into form in the first place. And I believe such explanations should be given to the community in a more explicit manner. I don’t mean that Labour has the obligation to do such a thing, but it is something wise to do, especially with the Chinese Labour MP who can speak Mandarin.

In the meantime, the local Chinese businesses need to adapt, since they are risking their bread and butter if they only stay in the “niche market”. They need to see themselves as kiwi companies, instead of Chinese companies in New Zealand.

Labour proposes to pass the bill of Healthy Homes, demanding landlords to provide warm and clean rental homes for the tenants. You can interpret the policy as “to care for our people by asking our landlords to pay for the upgrade”, or you can see it as the opportunity to invest in your property to get in a good position to attract quality and long-term tenants.

Another example is the international students’ (IS) open visa. Labour proposes to remove such visas without a job offer for low-level qualification graduates, which is a big change, but not unpredictable. But many low-level IS came to New Zealand not contributing as much as what Labour and NZF are expecting. If you are a IS consultancy business, the best way out of this is to start to move your portfolio towards a higher qualification with effective support on the essential capabilities to study in NZ, such as English language proficiency, communication, critical thinking, etc, and it is your business to make these the selling points for acquisition.

Many people commented saying that the local Chinese were all on the National side, and National was selling the country to the Chinese. But the fact is, as immigrants themselves, there are many good reasons to fear a catastrophe the new government could bring about based on their policies and histories (NZF and Green), and most NZ Chinese are hard workers, never on benefit, good spenders, with great business acumen, friendly peacekeepers, honest and respectful citizens. They deserve a leader who also cares about what they care about.

作者:刘羽西 Ken Liu

青年委员会主席 Chair of the Youth Committee

新中友好协会 NZ China Friendship Society

副主席 Vice President

新西兰星光文联 NZ Starlight Arts & Culture 

执行秘书 Executive Secretary

丹心雄鹰人文研究基地 The Art and Humanity Institute

青年委员会委员 Youth Committee Member

中国侨联 All China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese 

进入专栏 点赞 ()


版权声明
1. 本文系新西兰天维网【天维伙伴】频道稿件,未经原作者授权,不得转载。

2. 文章内容纯属作者个人观点,不代表平台观点。

3. 作者在本网站上发布的内容仅供参考。

4. 作者发表在本频道的原创文章、评论、图片等内容的版权均归作者本人或标注来源所有。

5. 所有天维伙伴签约专栏作者与天维网的合作,除非有特别说明,否则仅限于“内容授权”合作。