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How the Brits are Deceived by their Media

Posted by te2ataria on July 7, 2009

sent by a reader in the UK [edited by TEAA]

Fiction # 1 -4

Hotter, cheaper and no traffic jams: Why New Zealand is paradise for British expats

By Arthur Martin [aka ourfer the dodger]
date: 17th June 2009

Last updated at 9:28 AM on 17th June 2009

New Zealand is a long way to go to start a new life, but workers who make the 11,500-mile journey are said to be Britain’s happiest expats.

Of the thousands who emigrate each year, those moving there have the most to crow about, a report has revealed.

Britons living in New Zealand rated the country highly in all areas. It has one of the lowest average property prices in the developed world.

Fiction # 5 – 7

New Zealand has lower taxes, cheaper property and better weather

The mail article offered the following picture as proof:

Relaxed: Chris and Janice Gorman with their dog, Jess emigrated to New Zealand to get away from Britain’s miserable winters (!). Image may be subject to copyright.

[Note: Depending on where you live, New Zealand winters are worse to much worse than Britain’s. See weather warnings on this blog!]

We will write about Chris and Janice soon. They, too, are bound to meet with their unfortunate fate, sooner or later.

Mail also published the following dodgy statistics which they must have pulled out of  a hat:

Of all the expatriates surveyed, 86 per cent believed their lives were better than before they emigrated and 92 per cent said they were happier. Despite the global recession, Eighty seven per cent were better off. The emigres included engineers, teachers, economists, accountants, IT professionals and those working in financial services and marketing.

Any source for those unbelievable figures? Can you offer any proof you lying b*stard?  Is Arthur Martin a new Zealander? Is there an ounce of credibility left in the Daily Mail?

Readers are recommended to search contents of this blog and links for a true picture of [poxy] New Zealand.


Enter Exit the Kemp Family!

Expats’ paradise lost in New Zealand’s jobs crisis – just weeks after it was named best place to make a fresh start

By Richard Shears
06th July 2009 [less than 3 weeks later!]

Only a few weeks ago, New Zealand was identified as the best place for British expats to make a fresh start.

It didn’t take long for the accolade to wear thin.

The dreams of hundreds who left for a better life on the other side of the world are now turning into nightmares. [Thanks to Big Brother Media in Britain and New Zealand!]

The expats face losing their jobs and being kicked out of the country because of the credit crunch and what is said to be a major shift in policy by the New Zealand government.

With unemployment at a six-year high of 5 per cent of the population of 4,300,000, tough economic times have led to jobs going to native New Zealanders first.

One reason is the decision by Kiwis who have lost jobs overseas to return and seek work at home.

Employment minister Paula Bennett says more than 3,000 of the 26,000 who returned last year ended up on benefits.

Jobless foreigners risk losing their work visas and having to return to Britain, with some accusing the New Zealand government of pursuing a ‘jobs for Kiwis’ policy.

A migrant assistance group, created by two Britons who emigrated nine years ago, has infuriated the government by issuing a pamphlet that claims the attitude of officials is: ‘We’ve taken your money, used your skills, now bugger off!’ Mike Bell, of the Move2NZ group, said: ‘We are seeing families who have worked here years being effectively kicked out in two weeks. [See comments section at the bottom of this page. TEAA]

‘Many have existing jobs or offers of work in areas listed by immigration as being in dire shortage. Employers are tearing their hair out as there’s nothing they can do.’

Some 20,000 skilled Britons went to New Zealand to work in 2008. They were given visas allowing them to take jobs and apply for permanent residency after two years.

But the ‘Essential Skills’ policy of bringing in experts from abroad appears to be in tatters. This follows a report last month from the New Zealand auditor general that highlighted bad decision-making in the immigration department.

Mr Bell said New Zealand lured skilled foreigners who filled gaps in the jobs market and added more than £3billion a year to the economy.

He said: ‘The government now appears to be working hard to sabotage this lucrative source of income by effectively kicking out staff that employers badly need.

‘These workers have been invited. But they are effectively being told New Zealand doesn’t want them any more. Many have applications for new or renewed permits declined, even if their occupations are on the ‘Essential Skills’ list. Desperate employers are denied permission to keep skilled staff.’

Mr Bell said one European family had ended up separated and living on charity, adding: ‘We are just seeing the tip of the iceberg.

The Kemp Family told to “Bugger Off!”

Source of the above images: The perfidious Daily Mail. Copyright Associated Newspapers Limited

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2 Responses to “How the Brits are Deceived by their Media”

  1. te2ataria said

    Immigrants deceived, says support group
    4:00AM Tuesday Jun 30, 2009
    By Lincoln Tan

    A migrant support group has accused the Government of “taking migrants’ money, using their skills and then telling them to bugger off”.

    Mike Bell, a spokesman for the Move 2 New Zealand Trust, representing mainly migrants from Britain, Europe and South Africa, says migrants not only bring skills and experience to New Zealand, but contribute $8 billion annually to the economy.

    He said thousands of migrants who had moved to New Zealand on the promise of permanent work and residency visas were being told to “bugger off”.

    The Government appeared to be “working hard to sabotage this lucrative source of income by effectively kicking [out] staff that employers badly need”, said Mr Bell.

    “Worse, this over-reaction to rising unemployment, which is based on poor data, is likely to destroy many more Kiwi jobs than it saves.

    “It is totally unethical for this Government to not only turn their backs on a group of people who have made such a strong contribution to the country, but also add to their hardship.”

    The Christchurch-based group said it was struggling to get anyone from the Government to attend a meeting it was organising on July 8 to try to find a solution.

    “We have had interest from local politicians and Labour MPs, and the only reply we have received from National was fromthe Associate Minister for Immigration, which was less than favourable,” said MrBell.

    “We just want to understand the extent of the problem and discuss possible solutions, but it seems the Government is not interested.”

    The meeting follows the release of a report last week by the Skilled Migrant Information and Resource Centre that warned of “an emerging situation affecting potentially thousands of law-abiding and productive skilled workers”.

    The report said Immigration New Zealand last year issued 130,462 temporary work permits and 46,077 permanent residents permits.

    “The current national situation is extremely serious but not yet widely understood .. This position will quickly become unmanageable, with significant costs for this country and huge negative national and international press coverage.”

    Meanwhile, the Migrant Action Trust says it is disappointed that it could not get to meet Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman before July 9.

    Trust spokeswoman Agnes Granada said: “If the Immigration Bill, which is now before Parliament, is passed before the meeting, then it defeats the whole purpose of the meeting.”

    The global recession has seen a lot of Kiwis returning to New Zealand but Employment Minister Paula Bennett said more than one in nine, or 3000 of the 26,000 who returned last year, had ended up on the unemployment benefit.
    Copyright 2009, APN Holdings NZ Limited

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