Second Tyson visa application declined
"I tend to agree with the Aussies that the risk of his reoffending is small so why not grant him a short-term visa."Featured comment
Associate Immigration Minister Kate Wilkinson has for a second time declined to grant a visa that would allow former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson to enter New Zealand.
“The original decision in respect of Mr Tyson was a finely balanced call based on the letter of support from a board member of the Life Education Trust,” Ms Wilkinson says.
“When the trust withdrew its support I received another application from Mr Tyson’s representatives with the support of the Manukau Urban Maori Authority.
“This new application was not enough to get the application over the line and, as such, I have declined to grant Mr Tyson a new visa under the Immigration Act 2009.
“I have nothing more to add and therefore will not be making any further comment on this matter,” she says.
Mike Tyson is also a convicted rapist.