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Abused Girl, 6, Sent Here

A six-year-old Fijian girl who was sexually violated four times while in New Zealand suffered yet another blow when she was deported back to Fiji last month. Former Minister of
22 Jul 2015 11:27
Abused Girl, 6, Sent Here

A six-year-old Fijian girl who was sexually violated four times while in New Zealand suffered yet another blow when she was deported back to Fiji last month.

Former Minister of Immigration and immigration specialist, Tuariki Delamere, said in a statement:“It is with great sadness and profound disappointment that I find myself forced into getting into a huge fight with the Minister of Immigration, Michael Woodhouse.

“However, I have never been one to sit back and do nothing when I can see a monumental wrong being done, especially when I realise I am perhaps the only one who has the knowledge and background to take up the fight.”

Mr Delamere said Immigration New Zealand (INZ) knew that she was entitled to residence status because her father was a New Zealand permanent resident.

He has been since 1990. The father did not know that his six-year-old daughter was entitled to NZ residence status because INZ did not tell him about his daughter’s eligibility for residence.

Her mother was unable to gain residence status because her husband was an ineligible sponsor.

Mr Delamere agreed that on this issue, and that INZ was correct – therefore both mother and daughter were ordered to be deported.

However, an appeal against their deportation was made to the Immigration and Protection Tribunal.

In appeals against deportation, the Tribunal is required to consider the humanitarian circumstances of the persons being deported.

“In his decision IPT member, Peter Fuiava found that neither the mother nor the daughter had any humanitarian circumstances and he ordered their deportation.

“After losing their appeal, a last minute plea was made to Associate Minister of Immigration Craig Foss who delegated the response decision to senior immigration manager, Steve Cantlon. Mr Cantlon said he reviewed the file and found no reason to intervene.

“Apparently Mr Cantlon considers being entitled to residence and being sexually violated 4 times when you are 6 years old is not a reason to intervene, “ Mr Delamere said.

The 6-year-old girl, her mother and two siblings who are New Zealand citizens are now in the country.

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