Labour has moved to distance its promise to slash immigration from any racist overtones, saying it is about the number of people coming in, not the migrants or their race.
Speaking at the party’s election-year congress in Wellington, finance spokesman Grant Robertson said the immigration debate “is a debate about policy. It is not a debate about immigrants”.
“And anyone who makes it about immigrants, or indeed about their race, must be called out for what they are doing as being wrong and against the values of Labour and of New Zealanders.”
This is the party that basically said the reason house prices in Auckland were rising was because of people with Chinese sounding surnames.