By Ariyan von Wittmann, a member of the Southern Young Nats.
Since its birth as a nation, New Zealand has benefited from a responsible immigration policy which ensures migrants arriving in New Zealand will benefit both themselves and their new home. My family and I are some of the countless migrants who have successfully migrated to New Zealand, accepted through the University of Otago’s grant of a scholarship to my mum for her to do her PhD here, instead of elsewhere.
My parents decided to stay in New Zealand after mum had finished her PhD for multiple reasons, not least of which was a world class education system. For my parents, New Zealand has an atmosphere which is much calmer than what they had lived through in Iran.
To gain permanent residency, we proved our health and employment; my father had a permanent, skilled and shortage-listed job, while mum finished her PhD sooner than predicted and started on her new job as a lecturer in the university. I believe we have become giving citizens; paying taxes and contributing to the community through volunteering where we can. Through this, we began to give back to New Zealand in return for what it had given us.
I think my family and I are the result of the responsible and sustainable immigration policy which we have in New Zealand. Candidates are prioritised based on their skills and abilities and are monitored to ensure that they will benefit New Zealand as much as New Zealand benefits them.
As a young person having lived here for almost half of my life, I started to develop political ideas of my own and gravitated towards National because I came to understand the economy as being the backbone of prosperity in any nation, beliefs I share with my family. It seems obvious to me that in this too, National has proven its worth through consistently strong growth and declining unemployment figures. When you look at the alternative: parties that would make it harder for families like mine to settle in New Zealand, get a job in New Zealand, and even buy a house in New Zealand, it’s easy to see why I’m backing National.