Send him home as well

The ratbag green protestor who climbed up someone else’s tree can’t get a NZ Passport because of his conviction that resulted from his trespassing and invasion of private property.

The Australian-born protector of a West Auckland kauri tree has been denied a New Zealand passport.

Michael Tavares, 34, spent 81 hours up the kauri in 2015 to prevent it being chopped down by housing developers.

His actions sparked a protest, and 27,000 people signed a petition to save the centuries-old native tree.

But they also brought about a trespass conviction – the reason the Department of Internal Affairs blocked his bid for citizenship.

Good. He broke the law and now has a conviction. This is the proper outcome.

The environmental campaigner has lived in New Zealand for six years and has a Kiwi wife, Eleanor Parkes.

He is a permanent resident of New Zealand.

A conviction prevents people from being eligible for New Zealand citizenship for three years after the court’s ruling.

But citizenship can still be granted if the government deems the circumstances out of the ordinary.

Tavares applied for special consideration and said the rejection was “disappointing”.

“I think most New Zealanders would agree that the circumstances around my conviction were exceptional, of a non-violent nature, and in service of a cause greater than myself.”

Tavares said he had hoped to stand for election for the Green Party this year, but would be unable to do so without New Zealand citizenship.

I think most New Zealanders want you to eff off.

We should do what the Aussies do with ratbag Kiwis with convictions…extradite them. We are best rid of this plonker. Send him home.

 

-Fairfax


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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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