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Indian businessman arrested in London received honour from John Key in 2011

Mallya was revealed as the recipient of the Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship in 2011, when then New Zealand Prime Minister John Key was on a state visit to India.

Vijay Mallya, pictured in 2010, was arrested by British police yesterday.


Key said at the time: "Vijay Mallya is an outstanding businessman with a great affection for New Zealand. He is a worthy recipient of the Fellowship and will be a great asset in strengthening the longstanding and friendly ties between the two countries."

Mallya was arrested yesterday by the British Metropolitan Police's extradition unit on behalf of authorities in India, where he is wanted on charges of money laundering and bank demands that he pay back nearly a billion pounds in loans extended to his now-defunct airline.
Top source countries for migrant workers are not Asian

A rise in work visas has been the driving force behind record immigration numbers but the main source countries are not from Asia.

The top five source countries for work last year are the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, South Africa and the United States of America.

The United Kingdom, which made up 16.6 per cent of work visas issued, has twice as many as those of Germany on 8.8 per cent.

Australians do not require visas to work in New Zealand - the Statistics New Zealand
figures however shows people coming from Australia as their last country of residence.


Despite China and India being among the biggest source countries for permanent residents, they are not among the top five for direct migrant workers.

Massey University sociologist Paul Spoonley said migrant from Asian countries were less likely to get direct access to New Zealand on skilled work visa.


It is easier for a politician to attack us based on our ethnicities than saying that immigration is a complex and nuanced issue which requires more evidence-based research and better use of data.

We used the same data that politicians have been quoting for months now, the same data that has allowed them to make "record migration" an issue for election year.

It is just that if you look deeply enough into the data, it shows that all policy proposals are more of a Band-Aid than genuine attempts at addressing the wider challenges posed by rising immigration numbers.

Also, perhaps it is data which creates too much complexity for Peters to be able to blame the Asians.