“ACT is calling on the Government to use common sense and scrap the burdensome Traveller Declaration form,” says ACT’s Immigration spokesperson Dr James McDowall.
“This form is another example of COVID regulations that have passed their use-by date, but the Government can’t bear to part with them.
“It can take up to 40 minutes to fill out and exists to get travellers to disclose COVID-related information. However, we no longer require a pre-departure test to enter New Zealand, and Kiwis can enter without a vaccination pass as well.
“There is no point to it anymore, it’s just another reason why people are put off coming here.
“Earlier this week net migration figures showed 11,500 more people leaving New Zealand than coming in. It’s annoying regulations like this that add to our reputation as an over-cautious hermit kingdom.
“ACT says Immigration New Zealand needs to start thinking like a recruitment agency rather than a security guard.
“We want New Zealand to be a welcoming place with easy to navigate and common-sense protocols. That way we can get people flowing the right way through our borders again and grow our economy.”
Michael Wood’s immigration comments don’t stack up
“Immigration Minister Michael Wood’s grandstanding about how he wishes he could intervene in the Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull case is nothing more than performative politics. The law says he could have intervened if he wanted to,” says ACT’s Immigration spokesperson James McDowall.
Recovery Visa applications need 48 hour turnaround
“Minister Michael Wood should be requesting Immigration NZ processes each application for the new ‘Recovery Visa’ within 48 hours, instead of the proposed seven days,” says ACT’s Immigration spokesperson Dr James McDowall.
Can’t find workers? We hear ya!
"Businesses can’t access the staff they need to succeed in New Zealand because the immigration tap has been turned off. ACT hears ya, we have a plan for real change in immigration,” says ACT’s Immigration spokesperson Dr James McDowall.