12 Oct 2012

Tyson again declined visa to enter NZ

6:21 pm on 12 October 2012

Former world boxing champion and convicted rapist Mike Tyson has again been refused a visa to enter New Zealand.

Tyson was to give a presentation at the Day of the Champions event at Vector Arena in Auckland as part of a trip to New Zealand and Australia in November.

But on 3 October, Associate Minister of Immigration Kate Wilkinson cancelled his visa after anti-drugs charity the Life Education Trust withdrew an earlier letter of support for the visit.

Ms Wilkinson says she received another application from Tyson's representatives with the support of the Manukau Urban Maori Authority.

But on Friday the minister said the new application was not enough and declined to grant Tyson a new visa under the 2009 Immigration Act.

Australia on Wednesday granted Tyson a visa for a speaking tour of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Tyson was sentenced to six years' jail in 1992 for raping 18-year-old Desiree Washington in an Indianapolis hotel room and served three years.