German overstayer found asleep in car

19:01, Oct 18 2012

A 68-year-old woman found sleeping in a car near Temuka is scheduled for deportation today after Timaru police discovered she had overstayed her visa.

Police came across the car at about 12.30am on Tuesday, according to Mid-South Canterbury area commander Inspector Dave Gaskin. When they checked the vehicle's registration, they discovered the registration plate had been altered.

The woman, a German national named Carmen Schaetzing, gave her identity to police, and was found to be the subject of a deportation alert, Mr Gaskin said.

She was arrested and transported to Christchurch.

According to Immigration New Zealand, Ms Schaetzing arrived in the country on a visitor visa in March 2010. Her visa expired in December 2010 and she had not held a valid visa since.

Cases involving overstayers were rare in South Canterbury, Mr Gaskin said, amounting to only "a couple in the last few years".

Immigration NZ deported more than 750 people in 2010-11, the agency reported. They were individuals whose visas had expired or who had committed offences and were deported directly from prison. In a highly publicised incident last year, the Government deported an elderly German man who had evaded officials for 20 years. Jurgen Karl Ahrens, 72, was spotted kayaking in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park and arrested in connection with a 2004 assault charge in Fox Glacier.


The Timaru Herald