27 Aug 2009

Former NZ Immigration Minister says deported Samoans could regain entry to NZ

11:18 am on 27 August 2009

A former New Zealand Immigration Minister, now an immigration consultant, Tuariki John Delamere, says he believes hundreds of deported Samoan overstayers could regain entry to New Zealand.

In July, a Supreme Court ruling stated removal orders should be reconsidered in a case involving three families.

Mr Delamere says that the humanitarian needs of children and wives in cases of deported Samoans should have been considered.

He says he doesn't yet have a written legal opinion on how this decision might affect those people, but he has discussed it with some top lawyers.

"I've discussed the issues with a number of other lawyers and they all agree that there seems to be issues that could well open the door for people but based on individual circumstances."

John Delamere says he is going to fly to Samoa this week to talk to people deported from New Zealand about appealing against their removal orders.