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Ahead of elections, NZ opposition flags 40% immigration cut

Slowing income growth, stretched infrastructure turn tide against immigrants

WELLINGTON -- New Zealand's main opposition political party said Monday it would cut immigration by up to 40% if it wins national elections on Sept. 23.

Andrew Little, leader of the center-left New Zealand Labour Party, said immigration had to be reined in to reduce strains on housing, infrastructure and social services, particularly in the country's largest city Auckland. In the year to April, net immigration totaled 71,900 and Little promised to cut that by 20,000-30,000 annually.

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