Tyson visa cancelled

The visa which would have allowed convicted rapist Mike Tyson to visit New Zealand has been cancelled by Associate Immigration Minister Kate Wilkinson:

Ms Wilkinson says the original decision to grant a Special Direction to Mr Tyson was a finely balanced call and a letter of support from the Life Education Trust, that would have been a benefactor from the visit, was a significant factor in approving the application.

“Yesterday evening the Life Education Trust contacted my office and asked for that letter to be withdrawn, making it clear that the Trust no longer wants to have any involvement with Mr Tyson’s visit.

“Given that the Trust is no longer supporting the event, on balance, I have made the decision to cancel his visa to enter New Zealand for the Day of the Champions event.”

Life Education Trust does a lot of good work in the community and it seemed odd that they’d supported this visa application.

Keeping Stock has a tweet from Sean Plunket which says they didn’t – the letter of support was an unauthorised one from a volunteer.

The world is full of inspirational speakers without criminal convictions who would be much better role models.

6 Responses to Tyson visa cancelled

  1. Deborah says:

    I tend to the view that if someone has been convicted, has done the time, and most importantly, acknowledged the crime, then we do need to create space for them to re-enter society. But rape is a despicable crime, and my understanding is that Tyson continues to insist that he didn’t do it, and was framed for it, despite all evidence to the contrary. I think that makes him an unfit person to be welcomed to New Zealand, and as you say, a very bad role model. I think that revoking his visa is the right decision.

    Good post, Ele.


  2. homepaddock says:

    A quick Google showed recent reports that he’s still denying the crime.


  3. Richard says:

    This is a “no brainer”, as they say He was convicted of a terrible crime.. Why he was even considered for a visa is beyond my ken. As an aside, many Nzers are denied access to the USA for much lesser crimes- what wet PC lot we have become–


  4. Troy Meadows says:

    Plenty of innocent people carry the weight of their conviction with them the rest of the life!


  5. Cadwallader says:

    I cannot see a problem with his visit. He is not applying to live here. He has done the time. In NZ we live under the apprehension (possibly faulty) that time spent in gaol is at least partly rehabilitative. Isn’t it hypocritical to ignore this perception in this case?


  6. homepaddock says:

    He’s done the time but continues to deny the crime and shows no sign of remorse or rehabilitation.


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