Immigration Policy

Some of the central principles of a successful, prospering nation are love for one’s neighbour, hospitality, and compassion for the stranger in one's land. These principles must underlie all policy on immigration.

Unwise stewardship of limited resources will lead to understandable resentment among New Zealanders – housing being one of these resources. Such feelings have legitimacy and must not be ignored. In formulating immigration policy, however, a clear distinction must be made between economic migrants, illegal immigrants and asylum seekers.


New Zealand uses a well-recognized model to deal with immigrants who wish to live in this country. The world has recognized New Zealand for its effective assimilation and its healthy acceptance of different cultures, with a unified country and the new life it offers for those who wish to become New Zealanders. 

      1. We support entry of skilled immigrants who wish to settle in New Zealand and begin a new life. This country has welcomed immigrants from all the corners of the earth, people whose skills and valuable cultural differences contribute to the rich society in New Zealand.
      2. Limit immigration to no more than 35,000 in any one year, until such time as the supply of housing has caught up with the population. Failure to do so will result in homelessness and overcrowding with attendant health issues.
      3. The first 5,000 immigration places in any year should be available to passport holders from Hong Kong, provided they are under 50 years of age and bring the skills and resources we need.
      4. Immigrants must sit a practical driving test. ONE Party believes it is important for immigrants to understand road safety - vehicle accident is one of New Zealand’s major causes of death. Learning road safety supports new immigrants in becoming confident on our roads and creates a safer driving environment for all. 
      5. To encourage understanding of the significance of the people and the nation by learning about the importance of the Treaty of Waitangi as the founding document of New Zealand. This brings an understanding about the people of this country as well as teaching about the significant relationship between Maori and the Crown. It can promote a more accepting view of foreigners and immigrants, reminding us to be subject to the laws of the nation, ready to do well, to be peaceable and considerate towards everyone.
      6.  Increase the qualifying period for NZ Superannuation from 10 to 20 years.
      7. No entry to immigrants with criminal convictions in the 10 years prior to application for entry. While respecting applicants, we must consider the actions they have taken that resulted in their history. With the consequences of the Christchurch shooting in mind we will review every individual’s history and past criminal conviction and take correct action to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our people.
      8. Any person who is not a citizen of Aotearoa New Zealand who commits a crime punishable by six months of prison or more will have their residency revoked and will be subject to deportation on conclusion of their custodial sentence.
      9. Immigrants from a safe country of origin cannot claim refugee status and will be deported.
      10. We will accept up to 1,000 genuine refugees each year from the Middle East provided they are from minority communities, such as the Yazidis, Orthodox, Copts and Christians. Refugees from other regions will also be considered based on their ability to integrate into New Zealand society.