They came to New Zealand in their early 20s.
She was on a student visa, they had a daughter while they were here then had to leave when their visa ran out in spite of several attempts to stay.
They returned he gained a visa to work on a dairy farm, bringing their young kiwi daughter and a son born overseas with them.
Each time they could they applied for residency but were turned down although his work visa continued to be renewed.
FInally last year, after a change of rules by National, they were granted residency.
By this time they’d lived here for 12 years, both had worked hard and their children had gone through school and on to university.
They are good people who have contributed and will continue to contribute positively to New Zealand.
The second couple are professionals who had worked in several countries, gained business visas and invested a lot of money in a high-end tourism business.
Both joined community organisations and one, used his many skills to do a lot of work marketing New Zealand overseas.
They nearly lost their investment and their home when their application for residency was turned down.
After a lot of stress and a lot of work, they gained residency.
They continue to run a successful business, play an active role in local organisations and promote New Zealand internaitonally.
These are good people who will more than repay New Zealand through the positive contribution they make to the community and economy.
Both of these couples are the sort of people New Zealand needs and are only two of many who would make wonderful citizens but can’t get residency.
Why do people like this have to struggle so hard to stay here when a convicted criminal has ministerial dispensation to stay?
. . .Jan Antolik, whose real name is Karel Sroubek, was jailed for five years for importing nearly 5kg of MDMA, commonly known as Ecstasy, with a street value of $375,000.
Mr Lees-Galloway said the decision to grant residency was made after careful consideration of all the information available at the time and that the man’s stay in the country was subject to significant conditions.
He said he can’t discuss the reasons he granted him residency for privacy and legal reasons.
But he has released a letter he wrote to Mr Sroubek, outlining the conditions he must abide by in order to stay in New Zealand.
They include not reoffending, not using a fraudulent identity or misleading a government agency within the next five years.
The letter also noted Mr Sroubek had been given a residency visa previously, but that was under a false identity.
Mr Lees-Galloway says he made the decision in light of the “full view of information” presented to him, and was not made lightly. . .
David Farrar give his full background and the parole board’s reasons for declining his application for early release.
If he was being returned to a country without the rule of law it would be easier to understand the decision.
But the Czech Republic is in the EU and if he’s unsafe there he could go to any other EU country.
This decision is a slap in the face to the many deserving would-be residents who are turned down and poses a potential risk to us all.