New Zealand First MP Shane Jones is defending Immigration New Zealand (INZ) after it instructed officials to stop granting visas as an exception to instructions.
He has also lashed out at immigrant leaders upset with the tightening of the rules, saying they had an “elevated sense of entitlement”. Members of the Indian community had spoken out against the new measures, saying they disadvantage those who come from cultures that practice arranged marriages.
But Mr Jones told Magic Talk that Indians moving to New Zealand should learn to adapt. He likened it to Māori, who "adapted with the arrival of the Pākehā". He said if Indians feel it's too oppressive, "you always have the option of staying in your own country, marrying a lady over there, living there for two or three years, and then proving it's a genuine marriage. That option is always available".
Mr Jones had already told Radio NZ the Indian community has "no legitimate expectations in my view to bring your whole village to New Zealand and if you don't like it and you're threatening to go home - catch the next flight home".