Writing in the Herald, international recruitment consultant Alan Charman argues that the government's tightening of immigration requirements has had an interesting side-effect: rather than being motivated primarily by better economic opportunities, the current crop of immigrants identify strongly with New Zealand's ideals - our independent foreign policy, commitment to human rights, and anti-nuclear policy:
There are Brits who see our society as colourful and integrated, there are Zimbabweans moved by equality, and Arabs by peace.
The attraction is no longer wholly economic but what the migrants believe about the nature of our society.
And these people will wait any amount of time to be allowed to move here, because this is genuinely where they want to live.
It's a nice side-effect, and its nice to know that we're seen in that way, but at the same time it would be nice to have a system that wasn't so unfair to non-English-speaking (meaning: non-white) immigrants, and which allowed the poor as well as the rich the chance to share the kiwi dream. Egalitarianism is after all one of the things that dream is all about.