Mike Tyson declined visa again

21:44, Oct 11 2012

Former boxer and convicted rapist Mike Tyson has had his second attempt at gaining a visa to visit New Zealand turned down.

Tyson was originally granted permission to travel here based on supporting evidence from the Life Education Trust.

However, Associate Immigration Minister Kate Wilkinson revoked the visa when the trust withdrew its support after a Wairarapa teacher complained.

Tyson was sentenced to six years imprisonment for rape in 1992. He served three years.

He needs a ministerial waiver to visit New Zealand.

A new visa application was being considered by officials. However this was also declined today.

"The original decision in respect of Mr Tyson was a finely balanced call based on the letter of support from a board member of the Life Education Trust," Associate Immigration Minister Kate Wilkinson said.

"When the Trust withdrew its support I received another application from Mr Tyson's representatives with the support of the Manukau Urban Maori Authority.

"This new application was not enough to get the application over the line and as such, I have declined to grant Mr Tyson a new visa under the Immigration Act 2009.''

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