Gaz Beadle reveals why he was kicked out of New Zealand

Gary 'Gaz' Beadle, reality TV star and a regular fixture on Geordie Shore.
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Gary 'Gaz' Beadle, reality TV star and a regular fixture on Geordie Shore.

Gaz Beadle says his run-in with Immigration New Zealand, which saw him deported from the country, was "frustrating".

The long-time Geordie Shore star was barred from entering the country in August when he arrived for a promotional event with The Edge.

At the time an Immigration New Zealand (INZ) spokesperson said Beadle was turned back at Queenstown airport because he did not meet the entry requirements to come into the country.

In an interview with Stuff, Beadle said he was deported because his passport was too "battered" for airport scanners to recognise.

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On a previous trip to New Zealand he had been told that he would be unable to visit on that passport. However before his flight out from Australia in August, he called INZ and was told he'd be all right to enter.

"I said to my manager, 'I don't know if my passport is going to work,' so I rang immigration and said ... 'Look, I'm only here once, is it okay?' They said yes."

However, when he got off the plane in Queenstown he was stopped by four immigration officials, he said. "[They] came straight over and they started asking me, 'Why are you here? Why are you doing this? Are you here to party?

"I said, 'Look, I'm here to work, do you think I'm here to trash the place?'"

Beadle said the decision to stop him entering New Zealand was overturned in court by a solicitor, but by that stage he was already on a plane back to Australia.

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"I wish I had stayed another couple of hours, and walked back through and said, 'Boom! Right back in your face, mate,' and gone straight in.

"It was annoying man, I had a lot of wicked stuff planned, some activities, a big party with 2300 people there, and it was so pointless and disappointing to let everyone down, more frustrating than anything."

Things went from bad to worse for Beadle when he got back to Australia. He was told he'd applied for the wrong visa, and was locked in a detention camp until he was able to get on a flight back to England.

"It did spoil a good trip," Beadle said.

An Immigration New Zealand (NZ) spokesperson said he was unable to comment on Beadle's specific case without a privacy waiver, but INZ stood by its decision.

Geordie Shore season 13 starts on Wednesday at 11am on MTV, with replays at 9.30pm.

 - Stuff

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