Shane Jones hits back at activists upset with immigration changes

New Zealand First MP Shane Jones has hit back at those who are upset over a change in approach to partnership visas. There has been a specific government directive to stop waiving requirements such as couples needing to have lived together for 12 months - a test Indian couples who have had arranged marriages can't meet.

"I would just say to the activists from the Indian community, tame down your rhetoric, you have 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."

There were a "significant" number of Kiwi-Indians that were affected because arranged marriages were so common in their community, according to the Auckland Indian Association.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters already defended his Party's influence in the recent changes to immigration.

"Has New Zealand First had an influence on trying to tidy up the quality of information on which the immigration department relies? The answer is profoundly yes."

On arranged marriages, Mr Peters said: It was simple, you're either a partner under New Zealand law, or you're not".

Mr Peters has previously told RNZ the tightening of that scheme was thanks to New Zealand First's pressure at the Cabinet table, an assertion not denied by the Prime Minister.

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