Jared Savage in the NZ Herald reveals more information about the dodgy decision to fast track Bill Liu’s citizenship by ministers and MPs in the Labour party.
I can’t hardly wait for the report of the Auditor-General:
Emails obtained under the Official Information Act reveal a senior Immigration NZ investigator wrote to Mr Ross after learning of the decision.
Russell Ogilvy asked whether Mr Ross recommended that citizenship be declined and whether he had told Mr Jones “to speak with his own department regarding the decision”.
Mr Jones was the Acting Internal Affairs Minister in this case but also the Associate Immigration Minister.
“The minister was advised of both the pending police and INZ investigations,” responded Mr Ross.
Despite his recommendation, Mr Jones granted citizenship subject to Mr Liu taking the oath of allegiance.
Mr Ogilvy then asked Mr Ross to tell him when the citizenship ceremony would be held.
The emails also reveal that Mr Jones granted Mr Liu an urgent private ceremony at the request of Labour MP Dover Samuels, despite the advice of another DIA official that he did not meet the criteria.
Mr Samuels also wrote three earlier letters lobbying for Mr Liu’s citizenship application.
The VIP ceremony was held in a room at Parliament days after Mr Jones’ decision in his favour.
The next day he applied for an urgent passport, then changed his name to William Yan.