The resulting exhibition at Porirua’s Pataka Art + Museum was more than an insight into the circumstances of displaced people. It was an indictment of New Zealand’s pitiful response to those most in need of refuge.
Stephens had been surprised to learn that, far from being a world leader in refugee settlement, New Zealand was ranked 97th in the world for refugees per capita, just above Tajikistan and Malawi. He was particularly floored by the fact the quota hadn’t grown in 29 years, and that Australia accepted more than three times as many refugees per capita as New Zealand.
Among the attendees at the Pataka exhibition in 2013 was Labour MP Grant Robertson.
Stephens recalls the Wellington Central seat holder telling him to be persistent.
”Don’t let us get away with us ignoring it, just keep going and eventually you’ll get somewhere.”
Stephens took Robertson at his word.
In the three years since, Stephens has built a grassroots campaign that has the support of Amnesty International and World Vision, as well as the New Zealand Labour and Green parties, who’ve committed to raising the refugee quota to 1500 if and when they get into government.
The stats are compelling, Stephens says, and the request is reasonable: doubling the quota by 2019 would mean New Zealand would be doing half as much per capita as Australia.
Support for Stephens’ campaign - waged largely on social media and complemented by opinion pieces published in the country’s major newspapers, as well as demonstrations outside Parliament - surged when the global refugee crisis hit headlines in late 2014.
That year, the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide reached 59.5 million - the highest level since World War II.
For Stephens, the gesture is inadequate, and the goal remains.
“According to the UN, this is the humanitarian crisis of the century, so it really is a time for New Zealand to decide how our humanitarian history’s going to look,” he says.
“This is not something to be proud of.”
In the meantime, there are ways Kiwis can support the cause.
Next year, MPs will be on the campaign circuit trying to win votes by showing their care about issues close to Kiwi hearts. Stephens was buoyed by anecdotes of citizens putting the question of the refugee quota to their representatives at public meetings during the 2014 election. Letters, too, keep the issue on MPs’ agendas.
Let them in and watch our unemployment line’s get longer. With a health system trying to catch up. Yes we can just like some of the European countries with massive crime rates.
Along with every now and again terrorist attacks.
We cannot afford to be without these things.
This guy is a 15 min fame man. PhD what in dirt.
Until recently traitors like Stephens could promote their genocidal treason with no fear of any consequence, backed by the seemingly infallible politicians and others who all share his objectives, including the mainstream news media.
But rising White racial awakening is unstoppable. It has already given us Brexit, Trump in the US (and we also have Putin in Russia). White traitors and their backers, who always fail miserably to predict such developments, are starting to look distinctly fallible. This will lead to more extreme proposals and action on their part to destroy us before they can be brought to justice — which will only accelerate White racial awakening.
there is much to be said about this article but ill focus on the red cross .this organisation who amasses large sums of money ,govt funding,free blood, unpaid volunteers dosent have transparency of how all the donations are spent. there is quite a plethora of legitimate controversies involving the red cross which are well publicised including mis use of funds- huge amounts being spent on fundraising instead of disaster relief,generous renumeration for senior executives ,selling free blood for extortionate amounts,mismanagement ,failed projects to name a few .a proven fact is the haitian abberation with $500 million donated & only 6 houses built is a reason why many have lost faith with this organisation.suggestions include to research,analyse & deliberate on any so called humanitariun work rather than ignorance ,emotion & blind faith. it would be wise & prudent to suss this stephens character out ,refugee impact on nz , overseas experiences ,disadvantages & other factors to make an informed decision of what will be axiomatic is that refugee intakes are not a feasible solution.treat the cause-the root of the problem back in there homeland.
will murdoch stephens organise a march & demonstration outside the chinese embassy ? the diplomat paper of sept 14 2015 ( david volodzko) wrote an article about how china helped cause the syrian refugee crisis.one excerpt mentions china is exporting missle technology to iran & effectively arming syrian forces also & exacerbating the civil war.
check the cigerettes in those 8 bottle shops opened since the immigration boom please-theres exponential growth of illicit tobacco smuggling.the higher the govt tax on tobacco the greater incentive for tobacco smugglers.one ponders why some of the migrant business run a profit as some never appear to be busy.could they be selling duty free tobacco? the amount of illgeal loose tobacco & cigs consumed in australia during 2014 represented 14.3 % of total tobacoo consumption.in 2009 nz lost $50 million in lost revenue from tobacco excise & gst becuase of smuggling.how much more so today.
I really hope I don’t run into him - I don’t want an assault conviction but I might not be able to stop myself from pasting him one (or likely several).
That shit had about seven propaganda pieces published on Stuff last year. The only positive thing was that the comments were overwhelmingly negative.
“Stephens was buoyed by anecdotes of citizens putting the question of the refugee quota to their representatives at public meetings during the 2014 election.”
Which is why we all need to tell the respective parties exactly what a vote loser bringing in refugees, is.
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