Immigration

New Zealand is a nation of immigrants. Openness to newcomers is part of our national DNA.

Today, many of our businesses and public services either couldn’t function, or would be much poorer, without the infusion of new people and new ideas.

New Zealanders value equality, free speech and the rule of law.

ACT believes our immigration policy should reflect these values. New migrants should be willing to adapt to and endorse New Zealand’s values.

ACT will:
  • Continue to be a pro-immigration party, honouring our heritage as a nation of immigrants, while trimming back overly generous entitlements such as pensions after only ten years’ residency.
  • Maintain New Zealand’s values of freedom, property rights and the rule of law as non-negotiable conditions that all immigrants must accept.  We should require new citizens to explicitly sign up to these values, as required in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
  • Pursue a free trade and free movement area between Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom (CANZUK).