Some good news at last from this government

Finally we get some good news from the government.

They are postponing the increase in refugee quota… a broken promise we won’t mind the government breaking: Quote.

The Government has stalled on plans to double New Zealand’s refugee quota – and it’s because of the housing crisis.

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says Aotearoa need to sort that before it thinks about welcoming more refugees.

The refugee crisis is still very much a crisis, however, and the Government has pledged to do its bit.

“It is still my intention to see an increase in the refugee quota to 1500,” says Mr Lees-Galloway.

This was a major campaign promise, but 10 months on it seems to have stalled, from what the Minister is saying.

“What we have to do is make sure we’ve got the capacity to take those extra people.”

Translation: we just don’t have enough homes.

“It’s no good bringing in more people if we can’t give them good resettlement opportunities here in New Zealand,” says Mr Lees-Galloway.


Newshub understands the Government had hoped to announce an increase to the quota on World Refugee Day. That was June 20 – a month ago.

Now the Minister is saying things like “in due course” and “it’s my intention” – nowhere near as urgent as the language used on the election campaign. End quote.

Oh dear, how sad, never mind.

I love it when a broken promise is actually good news… even better when it is Twyford’s fault for not fixing housing.