No, but he leaked secrets for a glad eye


Peter Dunne wouldn’t have approved Peter Thiel’s citizenship:

Peter Thiel seems to have gotten his timing bang-on.

The controversial billionaire, a backer of US President Donald Trump, was granted New Zealand citizenship in 2011 by special grant.

He was far from meeting the eligibility criteria, having only visited the country for 12 days in the five years prior – 1338 days less than the normal requirement.

But then-internal affairs minister Nathan Guy granted him citizenship anyway, using a “public interest” exception built into the law.

Guy stood by his decision – calling Thiel a “great ambassador” for New Zealand despite the fact that he kept his citizenship completely secret for six years – but the new minister doesn’t agree.

Speaking to TVNZ on Sunday, current Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne said he wouldn’t have given citizenship to Thiel.

“I wasn’t the minister at the the time – on the basis of the information I’ve seen, the answer is probably no,” said Dunne.

He said special circumstances applications came to his desk from time to time.

“You deal with each one on its merits. All I’m saying is that on the basis of the public information that I’ve seen I probably would have taken a different decision.”

He might not have approved Thiel’s citizenship but we do know that (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) he’ll leak documents for a glad eye.



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