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James Shaw MP on Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 12:59


Kia ora kotou, nihao, namaste, annyong, kamusta, talofalava, bula, salam alaikum

And warm Pacific greetings – on this cold Dunedin morning – to you all.


It’s a privilege to be representing the Green Party at your AGM.

We in the Greens are deeply concerned that the debate about immigration policy in New Zealand has, over the course of time, come to be dominated by populist politicians preaching a xenophobic message in order to gain political advantage.

on Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 10:28

A temporary hold on deportations of nine Indian students is a step in the right direction but the Government urgently needs to implement safeguards to stop further injustices to more international students, the Green Party said today.

Immigration NZ has indicated that deportation orders will not be served till February 22 while it considers a request for the students to leave voluntarily. The students India-based education agents used fake documents to secure their study visas in New Zealand, and hundreds more students face a similar situation.

James Shaw MP on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 09:56

The Green Party will today seek to introduce a Bill to Parliament that doubles New Zealand’s annual refugee quota to 1500 immediately, and to 2000 from 2018.

“In a world racked with uncertainty and turmoil, welcoming a few hundred more refugees is the least we can do to pull our weight,” said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

“We’re suggesting a small law change, but it will make a massive difference to people whose lives are affected by conflict and persecution.

on Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 17:32

The Minister for Immigration’s refusal to show compassion to Indian students affected by visa fraud is further evidence of National’s unfair immigration system, Green Party immigration spokesperson Denise Roche said today.

Nine Indian students now face deportation after their request to stay in the country was turned down by the Government.

James Shaw MP on Monday, January 30, 2017 - 10:36

The Green Party in government would double New Zealand’s refugee quota as a matter of priority.

“We’ll double the refugee quota at our first Cabinet meeting,” said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

“While Bill English stays quiet about what’s going on in the USA, we want to make it clear that when the Green Party is in government, New Zealand will be a counterweight to Donald Trump’s bigotry.

“Bill English needs to hurry up and make his position clear on Trump’s actions, as other world leaders have done. Why does he need so long to think this over?

on Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 13:06

The Green Party is calling on the Prime Minister Bill English to condemn Donald Trump’s racist law change to ban people from Muslim countries entering the United States.

“France and Germany have condemned Trump’s Muslim ban, and Canada has said it is open to those who need refuge. Sadly, New Zealand is missing from this conversation and looks weak by not standing up,” said Green Party immigration spokesperson Denise Roche.

on Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 09:15

The New Zealand Government needs to recognise what is happening in Syria right now as a humanitarian crisis and increase its refugee quota to take in more Syrian refugees, the Green Party said today. 

"What we are seeing in the media about Aleppo demands a humanitarian response, and New Zealand can do that by increasing the refugee quota to help save people’s lives," Green Party immigration spokesperson Denise Roche said. 

on Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 13:43

Denise Roche today amended her Member’s Bill to increase the refugee quota to 1500 permanently.

“My initial Member’s Bill called for an increase to the refugee quota to 1000, based on the numbers that were likely to get enough political support at the time,” said Green Party immigration spokesperson Denise Roche.

“Today I amended the Bill to increase the quota to 1500, in line with the Green and Labour Parties’ announcement today that we’d both double the quota permanently.

on Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 10:19

The Green Party is calling on the Government to put its heart first and double New Zealand’s refugee quota immediately, a move that the Greens and Labour would make in government.

An ActionStation petition of 20,000 people will be presented to politicians today asking for a doubling of the annual refugee quota, which has stagnated at 750 for 28 years.

“Doubling our refugee quota is a heartfelt political statement that says New Zealanders care and want to do our bit,” said Green Party immigration spokesperson Denise Roche.

on Friday, February 26, 2016 - 12:09

The National Government has set up new-arrival refugees and the services that look after them to fail by not providing adequate funding, said the Green Party today.

Yet another health provider has today said that they do not have enough funding to support the new arrival of refugees. Last month, Refugee as Survivors, who look after mental health for refugee trauma and torture survivors, said they do not have enough funding from the Ministry of Health to deal with the new arrivals.