Last week on a beautiful sunny afternoon in the heart of the city, we exercised our right to speak. Here is the text of one of the speeches:
People of Auckland, we need to talk!
There is a crime being committed here in this city and across the nation. It is a crime that occurs daily and weekly, and by the month. It is a slow creeping crime that stairs us in the face everyday and rots the soul of our country, leaving us with something that we never expected or asked for, and certainly never voted for.
The United nations definition of genocide includes the act of deliberately inflicting on a group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part.
Remember that legal definition when you travel around this city and the towns and cities of our country. And remember it when you are being crowded out of your own cities and towns by an avalanche of foreigners and when our children have to compete for a place in school with the children of thousands of immigrants brought into our country in only the last 3 years. (more…)
The Prime Minister has raised the prospect of Chinese companies funding and building infrastructure in a bid to speed Auckland development.
He says an urban development authority is an option as is allowing companies - including from China - to directly fund and build some of the city’s infrastructure.
“If Auckland is going to grow at a consistently faster rate than it historically has, it needs to build the infrastructure to match that more ambitious growth rate,” Key said at a lunch hosted by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce. (more…)
A clear example of Racism in Auckland with Chinese students being attacked whilst just passing time. Mindless Thugs bashed the hard-working students who are only here in Auckland to study. Overseas Students can now work in Kiwiland to help with their expenses. They have cash from parents and relatives to study, but want some pocket money. Why not?
But for every ‘right’ there is normally a ‘wrong’. Consider the young person from South Auckland. A difficult background and maybe not having top notch qualifications. So they are forced to compete with the Chinese students.
They feel they are forced to defend their patch? They feel these people are taking away their jobs. So we get these attacks.
Surely the answer to these attacks is to prevent all overseas students from working in New Zealand. They would then not steal jobs from Kiwi Kids who need that job. Oh, and I think the unemployment rate among young people in South Auckland is 50%. No wonder they are fighting for a job.
Chinese buyers could be back in the Auckland property market and if not now, they would be soon, experts say.
In tomorrow’s Quotable Value property report, national spokeswoman Andrea Rush writes anecdotal evidence suggests the Chinese Government restricting the movement of money for investment, trade or business production out of China made it tougher for Chinese new migrants or foreign investors to purchase property in New Zealand.
Chinese interest in Auckland’s housing stock also cooled late last year with new requirements of IRD numbers and bank accounts for foreign investors.
But activity levels were now picking up across the city with more listings and an increase in the number of houses selling at auction, Ms Rush said.
Values for February showed houses prices were up 11.6 per cent on the same month a year earlier.
“Reports were that activity levels during February were picking up across the city, as were auction clearance rates and that Chinese buyers are back in the market.”
Auckland property coach Ron Hoy Fong, whose 400 property investor clients include about 60 per cent New Zealand-based Chinese, said the imminent easing of restrictions of privately held capital in China, through the Qualified Domestic Individual Investor (QDII2) programme, and increased confidence of Kiwis would cause a sharp upward turn in the Auckland property market in two or three months.
Auckland is becoming very different from the rest of New Zealand and quite unique globally, not just in its relative size but in its cultural and business diversity.
The ‘City of Sails’ is already one of the world’s most diverse cities with 40 percent of its residents born overseas.
The city features two large Asian populations, Indian and Chinese, as well as a medium-sized Korean and Filipino community and migrant populations from the UK, South Africa, and Pasifika. These new New Zealanders have brought a diversity of food, sports, media, religious beliefs, languages, and attitudes – and that’s changing how businesses develop and grow across the city too.
According to New Zealand’s first Indian Sikh MP, Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, a National List MP based in Manukau East, this increasing diversity will help power the growth of the city as well as the wider New Zealand economy.
Kanwaljit points out that many of the people living in south Auckland have come from enterprising cultures. Both the Chinese and Indian communities have a reputation for entrepreneurship based on family businesses. With 95 percent of New Zealand businesses being SMEs, it’s no wonder that many dairies, corner shops, restaurants and food outfits across the city are run by newcomers.
“Most New Zealand companies are SMEs. They are the engines of the economy. If we can help them succeed the country as a whole succeeds and there is no doubt Auckland’s business diversity is a great strength that is now coming into its own.
“You only have to look at the results of the Auckland region’s business awards to see the diversity of Auckland’s successful business community on display,” he adds. “I was at the Westpac South Auckland Business Awards in October and many of the awards went to ethnic family businesses.”
An Auckland property specialist with close links to the Chinese investment communitypredicts a huge inflow of capital into Auckland’s property market this year, despite China’s financial crackdown.
Auckland landlord Ron Hoy Fong, who has 30 properties and runs coaching business Ronovationz from Mt Roskill, said although people based in China now found it harder to buy since the October 1 changes in New Zealand, he thinks that will soon turn around, particularly about May when he expects far more investors to seek to buy.
“I’m telling my students to just buy as much as you can, to get in before the Chinese,” Hoy Fong said of his 450-student client base.
“I see more Chinese investment in Auckland, not less. There’s going to be a increase in demand. I think properties here are going to go bananas,” he said.
Bayleys commercial agent James Chan is also predicting strong overseas interest in New Zealand property this year and he cited China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan and Korea as sources of buyers.
Buyers from China could put huge pressure on the Auckland market, he said. “I’m told the buyers are still there. They want to buy. They just can’t right now but they will - US$72 billion could leave China. That will go all around the world but some of it will come to New Zealand. “Even if it was only US$10 billion to US$20 billion, that’s a lot,” Hoy Fong said.
No figures are held in New Zealand on the number of buyers from China, or the amount they have spent on Auckland residential property.
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