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On refugees – a timely reminder

In 1987 the Government established an annual quota for the resettlement of refugees. Originally set at 800, it was cut back to 750 in 1997, and has stayed at that number until Monday, when Michael Woodhouse announced National would be increasing the number by 250 to 1000. 

But not this year and not next year – in 2018.

We have a worldwide refugee crisis on our hands. As Andrew Little said it’s a "miserable increase" and ignores NZ’s obligations to the international community. In government, Labour would increase the quota over three years to double its current number.

Starting in 2018 is too slow. After all, a lot can happen in two years. Indeed, a lot has happened since 1987...

1987

Maori becomes an official language. We host and win the Rugby World Cup and we have the first lotto draw. AJ Hackett decides to jump off the Eiffel Tower and we become nuclear free. 

1989

The fall of the Berlin wall.
NZ says hello to the internet.

 1990

We bid farewell to 1 and 2 cent coins, and the Commonwealth Games are held in Auckland. NZ athletes win a total of 58 medals, 17 gold.

1992

The first episode of Shortland Street screens.   

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1995

Team NZ takes out America’s cup.

1998

Prime TV is launched. More channels! 

1999 

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NZ’s first elected woman Prime Minister, Helen Clark, elected.
A 23-year-old Sam Morgan founds online auction site Trade Me. Clever!

2003

Population of New Zealand exceeds 4 million.

2009

Barack Obama becomes the first African-American POTUS.

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2011

All Blacks win Rugby World Cup against France, 8-7 at Eden Park.

2013

Gay marriage is legalised.

2015

The All Blacks Win the Rugby World Cup, the only team to ever win the tournament twice in a row.

2016

The refugee crisis worsens. Time to #DoubleTheQuota