Bye bye boys. Don’t let the door hit you on the arse

The students are being farewelled at the Unitarian Church in Ponsonby, Auckland before leaving the country. Photo: RNZ / Eva Corlett


Those Indian “students” have had God and the unions on their side, but the New Zealand Immigration department can not be influenced by either of those.

Deportation orders were issued after it was found the students’ India-based education agents had submitted fraudulent documents for them.

Immigration New Zealand has offered a grace period until Wednesday to allow the students to make their own travel arrangements.

Yesterday the students’ lawyer, Alastair McClymont, said the Immigration Department had told him it was now willing to negotiate terms that would allow the students to re-apply for student visas after they had returned to India, provided they left the country voluntarily by 22 February.

Mr McClymont said that meant the students would not be deported and would not have a black mark against their name for future attempts to enter the country.

Ms Kaloti said the students would still suffer the implications of having been deported, which includes a five year re-entry ban.

She said the only motivation for the students to go early was to avoid being held in a detention cell.

One of the students, Sujath Ullah Baig Mirza, was put on a flight to India yesterday afternoon.

Just before the flight, Mr Mirza said he was picked up on Wednesday, and had spent two nights in police cells.

He said it had been a nightmare, and he felt like he had spoiled his career by being in New Zealand to try and get an education, and ending up with nothing.

No, you risked your career by providing fraudulent documentation to lie your way into another country and pretend to be a student during which time you attempt to get permanent residence.




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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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