An Oiler writes to Winston Peters & he replies

From: [redacted]
To: Rt. Hon. Winston Peters
Subject: UN global migration compact

Dear Mr Peters,

Before the last election, you were expressing concern about high immigration and wanted it slowed down. Has your attitude changed? I have deep concerns about the UN compact and think that it would be exceedingly unwise for NZ to sign it. Why would NZ want to give over sovereignty to the UN that is in the hands, mostly, of Islamic Middle East nations?

It is very sad to see that this has not been discussed in the House, that the proposal has not been put before the general public. Is there not one MP in our Parliament who is a truly loyal New Zealander wanting the best for our country? Not one? No MP has broken the silence on this matter. Why not? Are there threats hanging over all of you? If there are, from where and by whom?

You must all be able to see the effects of mass migration in Europe. Is that what you want for New Zealand?

I beg you not to sign this compact and to make sure that Ms Ardern does not sign it either.

Yours sincerely, [redacted]


Dear [redacted]

Thank you for your email

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration is a non-binding co-operative framework that aims to more effectively manage the movement of people across international borders. It establishes 23 high-level objectives and commitments that States are encouraged to work towards and a list of suggested actions that States can draw on to realise each objective.

The cooperative framework was clearly set out at the start of the Compact?s negotiations process in 2016 when the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants was unanimously adopted by all UN member states, including New Zealand under the National Party-led government.

New?Zealand voted in support of the resolution endorsing the Global Compact for Safe Orderly and Regular Migration, one of 152 States to do so, at the United Nations on 19 December 2018. Five countries voted against the resolution with 12 abstaining.

Legal advice provided by Crown Law and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed that the Compact:

  • is not legally binding and does not create legal obligations for States;
  • does not establish customary international law;
  • reaffirms the sovereign right of States to determine national immigration policy and laws and that States have the sole authority to distinguish between regular and irregular migratory status;
  • will not limit the actions of future governments over immigration or migration policies;
  • is not directly enforceable in domestic legal proceedings;
  • does not establish any new human rights law, nor create any new categories of migrants, nor establish a right to migrate;
  • in no way restricts or curtails established human rights,?including the right to freedom of expression.

This interpretation is consistent with other States that voted in favour of the Compact. New Zealand reiterated its interpretation publically through delivering an Explanation of Vote at the United Nations during the adoption.

Overall, the Compact meets New?Zealand?s objectives of encouraging further cooperation to dismantle human trafficking and people smuggling syndicates; reduce the social, economic and political drivers that lead to irregular migration; and prevent migrant exploitation.


Yours sincerely




Rt Hon Winston Peters

Minister of Foreign Affairs