NZ First Party leader Winston Peters appeared at the party’s launch weekend at Highbrook Conference suites at the weekend.
In a Roy Morgan poll conducted on July 14, Labour’s coalition partner is currently polling 1.5 per cent in the lead up to September’s election, well below the 5 per cent threshold required for representation.
Peter’s outlined a party policy that was heavy on immigration, saying the party wants to see the right type of people immigrate to New Zealand. “Immigration should be about the people we want in New Zealand, not the people who want to come to New Zealand,” he said at an open public event on Sunday.
He proposed limiting immigration to 15,000 people per year and refined further by saying that only skilled workers would be granted entry to the New Zealand job market.
Other policies included a universal benefit for working families and senior MP Shane Jones proposed a plan to slash Resource Management Act red tape in line with recent government initiatives to do the same, aiming to stimulate economic recovery in the post-Covid landscape.
Earlier, Peters had championed his party’s response to the pandemic, speaking about “stability and health advances made during Covid-19” and stated his party would continue to be “sound voice for logic ”in Parliament.
The party does not appear to be running any candidates for both the Botany and Pakuranga seats.