Jacinda Ardern committed to cutting immigration numbersby RNZ
A record number of 72,000 new immigrants settled in New Zealand last year, contributing to a record increase in the country's population, which economists claim is putting stress on the New Zealand's infrastructure.
Ms Ardern confirmed to Morning Report today that the party was committed to that policy.
She said Labour saw it as an infrastructure issue.
"New Zealand has been built off the back of support from those who have migrated to New Zealand and made it their home, and that will continue to be the case. Our concern is that there hasn't been enough planning about population growth, we haven't necessarily targeted our skill shortages properly, and that means Auckland has borne the brunt of a lot of that growth."
She said she was not fixated on numbers, but a drop of 20,000-30,000 was "still the estimate we have".
Ms Ardern said it would have an impact on the education sector, but Labour did not think it would take a "massive hit".
This story was first published on RNZ.
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