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People are communities not commodities

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Candidate Raymond Huo was recently interviewed for SkyKiwi - New Zealand’s leading online Chinese forum where he outlined Labour’s key achievements and policies. See his full interview here: 天维网专访新西兰工党国会议员霍建强.

Raymond says that the key issue concerning Chinese voters in New Zealand is the economy. Labour’s vision of always putting away savings for a rainy day also resonates well with the community.

“It is a mockery that National’s approach in the community has been scaremongering, claiming Labour is “anti-Chinese and “anti-immigration”. In reality, all important milestones between New Zealand and China have been achieved under a Labour Government,” said Raymond.

“Back in the 1930s it was Michael Joseph Savage’s government which voted to let the wives and children of Chinese immigrants join them here.

“Labour established diplomatic relations with China in 1972 and in 1989 created a brand new export education sector which is now worth $2.6 billion per annum to our economy.

“Helen Clark’s Labour Government formally apologised to the Chinese community for the poll tax in 2002 and in April 2008, signed the Free Trade Agreement with China, making it our largest trading partner for both imports and exports in just five years. 

“I’m very proud to be the first Chinese-born New Zealander to become a Labour MP.

“When I was a child, my parents, a doctor and a senior nurse, moved to the countryside during the Cultural Revolution to treat people in rural communities. In hindsight, such experiences contributed to my strong sense of social justice and advocating for under-privileged people.

“Many new migrants choose New Zealand as their home because they want to live in a country where opportunities and fairness delivers a good life for all. They don’t want to see the gap between the super-rich and the super-poor continue to get wider.”