New Zealand People’s Party are going to help you get into your first home and ensure a life of prosperity and health.
While our city and our regions are facing a housing crisis of supply and demand, there is a bigger issue following along close behind. The rise of unaffordable housing comes with it the consequences of locking an entire generation and those following it out of housing. The ambition to own you own home has always been the corner stone of New Zealand’s values. With interest rates slowly rising off record lows this dream only slips further. Putting home ownership back within the grasp of all New Zealanders will have long lasting positive impacts on the health and safety of our communities.
Interest Free First Home Deposit Loan
It is our belief that one of the core responsibilities of government is housing its citizens. Getting New Zealanders into their first home is an investment in the future economic and social prosperity of New Zealand. Helping New Zealander’s with the deposit for their first home is the most effective tool we have to help get people into homes today. Many of the other proposals put forward make vague promises that, if they ever do, kick in a long way down the track. They don't help kiwis today, kiwis who are just out of reach of their first home.
New Zealand People’s Party will:
5 Year Interest Free Loan for First Home Buyers
Giving those just out of reach of their deposit a helping hand will lower the ladder that has been progressively been pulled up from them. We will split this loan into 2 tiers to match the varying needs of New Zealand.
First home buyers will receive:
- $100,000 of first home buyers living and buying in Auckland.
- $60,000 for all other first home buyers
We believe these will help all New Zealanders get affordable access to housing. This is an extremely affordable scheme for New Zealand. While there is an upfront cost for the government in providing the cash, because it is only a loan this will only cost the government the interest. Buyers will be entitled to just one loan per property and must be paid back before they buy any other properties or interest will be charged, even if it is within the 5 years.
After the 5 years is up, if the loan hasn't been paid off buyers will be charged interest at their standard home loan rate. This provides the added incentive to pay this off before the 5 years is up. An Aucklander who borrows the maximum $100,000 and pays it off when the 5 years is up will cost the Government about $15,000.
We see this as an affordable measure to get New Zealanders back into their own homes and invest in their future. Getting people back onto the housing ladder means they have the same opportunities previous generations had. We want to see a prosperous New Zealand where everyone can own a home. And once they own their own home they can invest in it, improve it and build upon it.
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Ratan Kumar published New Zealand People’s Party Announce Their Immigration Policy in News 2017-07-06 22:32:57 +1200
The New Zealand People’s Party is excited to announce our Immigration Policy. We have listened to our communities and come up with four priorities that we feel need urgent attention. While there are wider immigration debates that dominate headlines and the policy sheets of the other parties. These debates ignore the issues that face the communities, these policies ignore people.Read more
The New Zealand People’s Party are going to change our immigration laws to reunite families, make it easier for your visitors and honour international students commitments made to international students.
Immigration has played an important role into shaping New Zealand into the strong, diverse country it is today. The thousands of teachers who have made New Zealand their home are helping to shape future generations. Christchurch wouldn't be where it is today without the skilled tradespeople and professionals who came to New Zealand to lend a hand. From the architects to the chefs to the business analysts, these people are putting roots down in Aotearoa and making a lasting positive impact on our culture and economy.
New Zealand People’s Party has 4 key immigration priorities
Reopen Parent Resident Visa
Reinstate Last Family Member Visa
Give Current International Students a Fair Chance
Make It Easier to Sponsor Visitors
Overhaul and Reopen Parent Resident Visa
New Zealand has previously had a visa category that allows parents to move to New Zealand to join their resident children, It has always been a very popular visa, and with limited places available a large queue formed. Whilst it was a popular policy, it wasn't without it’s flaws. Lacking innovative ideas to fix these flaws and bowing to political pressure, the government chose to shut it down. Leaving thousands of families separated and alone.
The New Zealand People’s Party will:
- Parents will initially be granted a 5 year work visa.
- After this time parents can apply for permanent residence.
- During this time parents must either work to support themselves or be supported by their families.
- Parents will undergo a good character check and full medical evaluation.
It is our firm belief that united families will be beneficial to the New Zealand community and economy. Removing the perceptions around their effect on the economy will help bring New Zealand together and empower immigrant communities. A stronger, friendlier New Zealand is better for everyone.
Bring Families Together with a Family Reunification Visa
Closed in 2012 by the current government, the Last Family Member Visa has been a huge loss to New Zealand’s immigrant communities and the New Zealand economy. This visa was a victim of it’s own success with long processing times leading to applicants waiting for 18 months for work visas to come through. This meant that previous job offers were no longer available.
The New Zealand People’s Party will:
- Give Immigration New Zealand the resources required to process these visas in a reasonable time.
- Successful applicants will automatically be granted a 2 year work visa.
These two simple changes will have massive benefits for both families and New Zealand as a whole. By allowing families to be together in New Zealand they will be able to put down strong, lasting roots in the community. When families are all together in New Zealand it becomes very hard to keep assets left behind secure. This will lead to families transferring all their wealth to New Zealand. In conjunction with this, the need to send money offshore disappears. Keeping this wealth in the New Zealand will allow it to be reinvested in the economy.
Reaffirm Our Commitment to International Students Currently in New Zealand
The education export sector is a hugely successful industry and vital to New Zealand’s future economic growth. Students were sold New Zealand education programs on the perception that it is a pathway to permanent residence. Families put themselves in massive debt to send their children to study in New Zealand. We want to end their exploitation by unscrupulous providers, employers and politicians alike. New Zealand needs to honour its commitments and be held accountable.
The New Zealand People’s Party will:
- All students currently in New Zealand will have their education provider and course evaluated.
- Students found to be in low quality courses will be granted a 2 year work permit with a requirement to become qualified in a Skilled Migrant Category occupation or an occupation on the Skilled Shortage Lists.
- Visa extensions will be granted to students whom need more time to complete the required study.
- Create minimum standard for education providers and give New Zealand Qualification Authority the resources to implement and enforce this.
- All education consultants will be required to be Licensed Immigration Advisor.
The Education Export industry has been having growing pains in recent years and we need to have an honest look at the industry without demonising the thousands of students currently in the country. Honouring the promise made to the students is something we believe all New Zealanders will support.
Give Meaningful Weight to Visitor Visa Sponsors
When people move to New Zealand the often leave many family and friends behind. Especially as families grow and change in New Zealand, there is often occasions you want to share with those not here. So we want to make it easier to sponsor visitor visas. When sponsoring a visa, the character of the sponsor should be taken into account, as well as their ability to support their visitors for the duration of their trip.
The New Zealand People’s Party will:
- Change the Visitors Visa sponsorship so that any visitor visa sponsored by a family member who is a citizen or permanent resident, with a clean sponsorship history is automatically granted.
- Immigration New Zealand will still retain the ability to decline these visas in situations where they believe the application not to be genuine.
Making the visitor visa sponsorship process more inclusive can only benefit the community. Sponsors whom are putting the personal and financial reputation on the line will be less likely to turn a blind eye to over staying. While making it easier for families to be together in times of celebration or loss will grow stronger communities.
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The Establishment of the NZ People's Party, led by Roshan Nauhira, will be of great benefit to Asian migrants who are living and working in New Zealand.
The new party, which is focused on Asian ethnic groups including Chinese and Indian, aims to strengthen public security, combat crime and fight for equal rights for all people, and eliminate discrimination against migrants – this is its founding purpose and philosophy and also the political program put forward based on the social reality of New Zealand. The aim fully reflects the urgent aspirations and strong voices of all the people, including the Asian people.Read more