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“Yesterday evening the Life Education Trust contacted my office and asked for that letter to be withdrawn, making it clear that the Trust no longer wants to have any involvement with Mr Tyson’s visit.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