Inaction distresses deportation battler
A Kapiti Coast woman fighting Immigration New Zealand to stop her and her two children being deported says she feels sad that her plight has not captured the interest of Associate Immigration Minister Kate Wilkinson.
Charmain Timmons faces deportation after her residency application was denied because her then-husband was convicted for crimes against her.
She and her two children were on a family residency application placed by her ex-husband which was approved in principle but has since been denied because of his convictions. Since that time she has been fighting to stay in New Zealand, which is the place her two children call home.
Timmons said on Friday she had not been contacted by Immigration New Zealand since a story ran in the Sunday Star-Times last week. She had, however, been contacted by Winz, which was questioning her about why she was able to get a benefit if she was not a resident. Timmons has also been able to enrol to vote, and get legal aid.
As Timmons struggles to make her case, the Star-Times can reveal a host of new immigrants have been allowed to remain in the country despite convictions. The government's Deportation Review Tribunal quashed deportations for over half of the 39 cases it heard last year. The criminals are all new immigrants who have offended within the first 10 years of residency and have consequently had their permits revoked.
Those who successfully fought deportation orders last year included:
Samoan Troy Lologa, 27, who stabbed a man to death in a fight outside a South Auckland Burger King.
Fijian Ramendra Shankar, 62, who indecently assaulted an eight-year-old girl.
South African Kim Gillian Knoll, 22, convicted of attempted murder for stabbing her two-year-old son in the stomach.
Samoan Autalavou Taafi, 47, who raped a woman colleague whom he was giving a ride home.
Samoan Faaua Faataape, 46, who while driving drunk and stoned, crashed, hitting a child and dragging the child under the car.
Tongan Metui Ma'umalanga, 44, who punched and kicked his epileptic wife into unconsciousness then assaulted a police officer. Ma'umalanga was previously convicted of assaulting his wife with a stabbing or cutting implement, drink-driving and male assaults female.
Fijian Pranesh Pratap, 28, who assaulted his wife from an arranged marriage, hospitalising her for four days, after an argument because he would not stop seeing his girlfriend, who he had also assaulted.
Malaysian Tung Seng Chang, 35, convicted of being part of "a substantial operation involving the supply and manufacture of methamphetamine".
Samoan Setafano Leota, 39, who was jailed for beating his 10-year-old daughter about the face and body with a piece of wood.
Australian Adeline Rogers, 28, who threatened to blow up a Child Youth and Family building and kill her sister-in-law.
Tongan Anoti Vaka, 43, convicted of four assaults against his children including causing grievous bodily harm to his daughter by cutting her head with a knife.
South African Grant Deetlefs, 28, who supported his drug habit through the aggravated robbery of a service station he worked at.
Sunday Star Times