The pressure on Associate Minister Craig Foss was immense: let the Kiribati “climate refugee” and his family with young New Zealand born children stay.
Phil Twyford went on the offensive, saying that Ioane Teitiota was a stand-up guy with a strong work history, loved by his colleagues and appreciated by his employer.
The decision has met resistance, not only from Pacific people, but also from Labour MP Phil Twyford.
“As Ioane’s local Member of Parliament, I have asked the Associate Minister of Immigration, Craig Foss, to use the powers that he has under the law of the land to intervene. He has the power right up until the moment the plane leaves the runway,” said Twyford.
“And if he can’t find it in himself to exercise the passion and common sense to allow Ioane and his family to stay in this country, then I don’t think he’s doing his job properly,” he said.
Labour’s Twyford and The Green’s Shaw (who?) even made a big deal about accepting the petition delivered to parliament by Ioane Teitiota’s lawyer.
The pressure on Craig Foss was substantial. And yet, he decided not to intervene and overturn the deportation order.
This afternoon, more information about Ioane Teitiota has reached the public.
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