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More than one in two people who had their
Australian visas cancelled for breaking the law
were New Zealanders, official figures have
But a report by the Australian
Commonwealth Ombudsman has been highly
critical of the way non-citizens including New
Zealanders are treated in detention before
Between January 1, 2014 and February 29,
2016 Australian authorities cancelled 1219
non-citizen visas, including those of 697 New
The immigration policy gives the Federal
government the power to cancel visas in
certain circumstances, including where a non-
citizen is convicted of a crime.
The ombudsman’s report reveals more than
400 visa cancellations were the result of
assaults and other violent crimes, and nearly
150 for drug offences.
The report highlights the plight of several
New Zealanders put into immigration
detention centres pending review of their visas.
One man who had been living in Q ueensland
before being imprisoned was moved to a
detention centre in Western Australia after his
visa was cancelled.
He had not seen his family, including wife,
four children and grandchild, in 14 months
because of distance and financial constraints.
Another New Zealand man jailed for fraud
revealed he intended to return to New Zealand
while seeking to have his visa cancellation
His Australian partner wanted to return with
him and their two children but was unable to
afford passports and the man was unaware
what support was available to them.
ombudsman suggested the Department
of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs
consider whether it is appropriate to continue
detaining a person in an immigration
“Particular consideration might be given to
release on an appropriate visa, in light of the
fact that permanent residents whose families
are in Australia are unlikely to abscond,” it
says. — NZN
Australia cancels 697
NZ visas for crimes
philanthropist Gareth Morgan has
moved up registration of his political
party citing the prospect of an early
The Opportunities Party was not
expected to be registered until March,
after seven policy priorities were
But Mr Morgan revealed yesterday
that he would not wait that long.
“ With John Key resigning and Labour
seeming to be calling by-elections at
will, there is a possibility that National
will get sick of that tactic and just go
early,” he said.
“ We have to be prepared for that
eventuality.” Mr English is yet to
announce an election date but has
indicated it is likely to be in the second
half of this year.
In the meantime a by-election will
be held in the Auckland Mount Albert
electorate after Labour MP David
Shearer vacated his seat to lead a United
Nations peacekeeping mission in South
Mr Morgan said he has recruited more
than 2000 financial members since
announcing his intentions in November,
more than the 500 required by the
He has pledged to refund membership
fees if, once all seven policy priorities re
released, New Zealanders do not vote
for the party.
So far Mr Morgan has released two
policies, on tax and immigration.
The tax policy proposes deeming
a minimum rate of return on all
productive assets including houses,
while the immigration plan seeks
to “focus on skilled people who are
looking for a more liberal and tolerant
Mr Morgan said while he personally
does not want to enter parliament
he has been approached by “some
pretty outstanding candidates” wishing
to stand in electorates.
Regional differences in the price of fuel
across Otago has left some motorists
scratching their heads.
A sur vey of the price of 91-octane fuel at
ser vice stations in Otago yesterday found
prices ranged from 205.9c to 220.9c per litre.
Wanaka had the highest prices in the
region closely followed by Queenstown
and Frankton while Dunedin, Alexandra,
Cromwell, Ranfurly, Oamaru and Balclutha
all enjoyed the lowest prices.
North Otago motorists looking to save
more than a few cents could cross provincial
lines and travel to Glenavy in South
Canterbury and pay only 190.9c per litre at
Even customers loyal to one brand could
expect to pay more as they travelled across
the region with a 15c difference between the
BP ser vice stations in Wanaka and Cromwell.
People who filled their vehicle with
91-octane at the Wanaka BP and Wanaka
Caltex ser vice stations yesterday were charged
220.9c a litre.
At the Cromwell BP ser vice station, the
same fuel cost 205.9c a litre.
BP Oil New Zealand spokeswoman
Suzanne Lucas said fuel prices at BP’s
company-owned stores were reviewed
daily and prices were changed to ensure its
competitiveness in the market.
Prices were independently set based on
various factors which included the cost of
the product, shipping costs, exchange rates,
delivery costs, taxes and local operating costs.
All the factors combined meant there could
be price differences even in areas which were
geographically close, she said.
Automobile Association senior policy
analyst Mark Stockdale said location was
only one factor considered when the price of
fuel was set.
Population base was also a factor. While
Wanaka and Queenstown had a large
number of tourists they had relatively small
numbers of permanent residents compared
with Dunedin and Invercargill.
Less straightfor ward was the price
difference between Cromwell and Wanaka as
both had a similar location and populations.
One reason could be the large number of
vehicles which passed through Cromwell
each day, Mr Stockdale said.
``Wanaka is a bit of a cul-de-sac, where
in Cromwell you have a large amount of
traffic heading not only to Q ueenstown and
Wanaka but also into Central Otago and
on to Dunedin.’’ Customers at both the BP
and Caltex stations in Wanaka yesterday said
while they understood higher cost of fuel in
the town, they were confused about why it
was so much higher than in Cromwell, 30
However, even in Wanaka, cheaper fuel
could be found just a short drive from the
The price of 91-octane at the self-ser vice
McKeown Cardfuel 24/7 in Ballantyne Road
was 205.9c a litre yesterday.
Neverthesless, the forecourts at both the BP
and Caltex stations were busy with motorists.
McKeown said his company had its own
pricing strategy and he did not want to
comment on the pricing strategy of others.
Business had been better than expected
since the ser vice station opened at the end of
July, he said.
“ We always knew Wanaka was a place
that we would do well in but I would say it’s
been good sooner than we expected.’’ French
tourists Francois Aminot and Matilde
Fouquet said locals had told them about the
cheaper fuel at the McKeown station.
Not being able to use cash at the self-
ser vice station would be one of the reasons
why tourists would still fill up at the BP and
Caltex, Mr Aminot said.
“They drive into town and they see the signs
they know and they go there . . . And you
can pay by cash so it is much easier,’’ he said.
— Otago Daily Times
Big differences in Otago
fuel prices across region
A lamb leaped for freedom
on the way to the abattoir,
evading captors in central
Dunedin by taking a “ewe
turn” up a steep street before
its time on the run was
Dunedin City Council
compliance, animal and
parking services team leader
Peter Hanlin said two people
saw the ewe lamb in Moray
Place about 2pm on Monday
and called animal services.
While waiting for animal
ser vices officer Tony
Newman to arrive, the
would-be captors cornered
the sheep at 97 Motel
Moray, near the Fortune
But when Mr Newman
arrived armed with a
shepherd’s crook, the lamb
bolted up the footpath
towards the theatre then did
a surprise “ewe-turn” and
thundered past the chasing
pack, down towards Rialto
Cinema and then up View
Street, Mr Hanlin said.
The pursuit ended in a car
park near Otago Girls’ High
The owner of the lamb
could contact the council to
claim the ewe, Mr Hanlin
said. — Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Dunedin City Council animal ser vices officer Tony Newman holds a lamb found in
central Dunedin on Monday.
Lamb’s shor t-lived dash for freedom
ecosanctuary is celebrating
a milestone, after having
banded its 800th kaka.
Zealandia says the native
parrot had been effectively
extinct in the capital for about
100 years before it started its
breeding programme 15 years
Fourteen captive-bred kaka
were transferred to the urban
sanctuary between 2002 and
“Since then, they have
become one of our biggest
success stories,” conser vation
She said the programme,
control in the greater
resulted in kaka moving
further afield and establishing
The original reason for
banding had been to monitor
the kaka’s breeding behaviour,
but a new focus was their
As part of Zealandia’s
partnership with Victoria
University, researchers are
studying how the parrots
tackle problem solving, how
they learn and remember,
and how much they can
learn from each other.
kaka banding milestone
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