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Ardern Rejects Scope of New Zealand Kingmaker's Immigration Cuts

  • New PM won’t bow to harsh measures wanted by coalition partner
  • Sees ‘cooling off’ in N.Z. housing market after massive surge
Jacinda Ardern.

Jacinda Ardern.

Photographer: Mark Coote/Bloomberg

New Zealand’s incoming leader Jacinda Ardern said her Labour Party won’t cut immigration by as much as that demanded by coalition partner and kingmaker Winston Peters, just days after he selected her to rule.

New Zealand First leader Peters, whose populist appeal has seen him compared to Donald Trump, campaigned in last month’s election campaign to slash immigration to just 10,000 a year from about 73,000. Labour also wants a cut but only by as much as 30,000.