Jail for former immigration adviser

A former immigration adviser who misled vulnerable clients has been jailed to "send a message" to the South Auckland community, a judge says.

Hakaoro Hakaoro, 54, has been sentenced at Manukau District Court to 20 months in prison for providing immigration advice without a licence and holding himself out as an immigration adviser.

The Immigration Advisers Authority found Hakaoro had received more than $13,000 from six Tongan nationals who were trying to obtain lawful immigration status for themselves or relatives.

The migrants eventually spoke out after they discovered Hakaoro had carried out little or no immigration work on their applications.

The charges came after a string of complaints to the authority, including that Hakaoro asked for sex from a 19-year-old overstayer in return for securing her New Zealand residency.

Judge Eddie Paul says Hakaoro's victims, who were mostly from South Auckland, were "vulnerable people".

"Home detention is not appropriate. It would send the wrong message to the South Auckland community that persons like you can offend and return to the community," he told Hakaoro.

Hakaoro has been ordered to repay $5000 to his victims at the rate of $20 per week after his release.

Manukau Courier