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Published on Oct 17, 2015
17/10/15 Malcolm Turnbull says like any love affair, New Zealand and Australia's relationship required work. NZ PM John Key calls for compassion for Kiwis convicted of crimes in Australia and facing deportation.
Whānau of those detained in Australian detention centres are pleading with John Key and fellow New Zealanders at home to put more pressure on the Australian government to release them. Meanwhile Kelvin Davis has flown to Sydney to see first-hand what the situation is like. Irena Smith has this story. Published on Oct 14, 2015
Native Affairs – Detained Downunder
Bilie Jo Hohepa-RopihaMonday 9 November 2015
As many as a thousand kiwis living in Australia could be deported back to Aotearoa. 200 are currently being held in detention centres across Australia, after a policy change last December sort to detain and deport non-Australians who have incurred a prison sentence of a year or more.
Many Kiwis affected left New Zealand as toddlers, haven't been back and have no connections here. The Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he won't budge - so what happens now?
To discuss this further our presenter Billie-Jo Hohepa-Ropiha is joined by Māori Party Co-Leader Marama Fox and University of Auckland Law Lecturer Kylee Quince.
Malcolm Turnball, the PM of Australia, will arrive in NZ today. Approximately 200 New Zealanders are detained in Australian immigration detention centres. This will be one of the major agenda items between he and John Key this weekend.
It’s a situation that has outraged whānau and advocacy groups over the last few weeks. Published on Oct 15, 2015
Below is a classic example of the idiotic and shallow journalism of so called journalists who have not worked out for many they were young children when they moved to Australia and that their entire families live in Australia. It's very difficult for a baby or minor to tell their parents they don't want to move to Australia because in many years time their immigration status is going to be affected. Perhaps when reporter Jack Tame learns the real facts he may be brave enough to announce on national television how wrong and ignorant he was and will make attempts to put it right? We won't hold our breath.
Tue, Oct 20 Jack Tame
By the National Reporting Team's Natasha Robinson, staff
Updated 17 Oct 2015,
A New Zealand-born mother of six who has lived almost her entire life in Australia and was jailed for drug offences has begged Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to soften his stance on deportations.
Kelly Blacker, 43, is locked in the Perth Immigration Detention Centre as she appeals against the Australian Government's decision to revoke her permanent residency.
She is one of 21 women out of a total of 196 New Zealanders currently held in immigration detention facilities in Australia.
Ms Blacker's mother is currently caring for her four youngest children, who face a possible future separated from their mother if she is deported.
There is no guarantee the children could return to New Zealand if their mother is deported there due to their family circumstances.
Ms Blacker had served almost the whole of a 19-month prison sentence for drug offences when she was told in late August that she was set to be transferred to immigration detention.
"I was in complete and utter shock," she told the ABC from detention.
"And I cried my eyes out, because I'd told the kids that I'd be released on the 10th of September.
"I have pictures of all my children around my room. I just look at them every day and just say a little prayer."
Ms Blacker's mother Christobel Blacker has been caring for the children as they await the fate of their mother.
She said her daughter, who became addicted to methamphetamine during a violent relationship, was determined to turn over a clean slate.
"She's just a mother, she just wants to come home and do what she can and look after her kids," Ms Blacker said.
"She's served her time, she knows she's done wrong, she's remorseful, she just wants to get on with it."
But Police Federation of Australia chief executive Mark Burgess said it did not make sense to treat New Zealanders differently from other nationals.
"If you're not an an Australian citizen, you're here on a visa and you break the law, and you commit criminal offences, then I think the general public would expect that you would be denied the right to stay here," Mr Burgess said.
'He's a product of Australia', partner of detainee says
Another New Zealander, Ricardo Young, was sentenced to two years' jail in New South Wales for aggravated robbery and assault.
On the morning of his release date, Young was transferred from Silverwater Jail to Villawood Immigration Detention Centre and on September 24, he was transported, allegedly without warning, to Christmas Island Detention Centre.
His partner, Sydney woman Nakita Regan, is the mother of his five-year-old daughter.
"We understand that he has done wrong but he also has paid his time. If Ricardo did a serious crime, I totally understand it but we have everything here and nothing in New Zealand," she said.
"I ask Mr Turnbull to just find it in your heart and see that there will be more damage to people than good."
Young communicates with Ms Regan through text messages. He has told her his mental state is deteriorating in the conditions on Christmas Island and that he would rather be in jail.
She and her daughter previously visited Young every weekend, but now an offering of support is impossible.
"It's his 30th birthday this week and for me to travel and go see him, that would cost me $4,000," she said.
"When he was in jail and detained in New South Wales we would visit and give him that moral support every weekend and that includes our lawyers seeing him too.
"You need to be able to access them. My daughter has been asking me if daddy is going to come home dead."
Young has two options: to stay on Christmas Island or sign paperwork to release himself and go back to New Zealand.
"To me, it feels like he's been put there so he's forced to sign the paperwork, but I'm an Australian, so is his daughter," she said.
"He played first grade football here and was educated here. He's a product of Australia."
Deportation key talking point during PM's NZ visit
Mr Turnbull is visiting New Zealand this weekend, where the deportation from Australia of New Zealand citizens with serious criminal records looms as a contentious political issue.
Changes to Australia's Migration Act that were passed late last year changed the threshold for the cancellation of visas or the revocation of permanent residency.
Previously, those with serious criminal records were targeted for deportation, but under the new legislation, serving prison term of 12 months or more results in visa cancellation on character grounds.
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The 12-month prison sentence can also be made up of cumulative sentences, meaning that even those who serve time in prison on a series of relatively short sentences are caught up in the changes.
New Zealand prime minister John Key has flagged that potentially up to 1,000 New Zealand citizens could face deportation in coming months.
Mr Key has criticised Australia's new migration laws for setting the threshold for deportation too low.
He said those who have lived their entire lives in Australia should be treated as a special case, given the close ties between the two nations.
"I would like to see some reflection of the fact that there is this unique relationship between New Zealand and Australia," Mr Key told reporters in New Zealand earlier this week.
"It seems logical to us that there should be some flexibility here."
Anger has been growing in New Zealand over the issue, with 160 New Zealand nationals deported already this year.
Mr Turnbull said that he understood the issue was a "very live one" in New Zealand.
"I look forward to discussing this issue with John Key but it is very important that we maintain our standards, our security," Mr Turnbull said.
TUESDAY 6 OCT 2015 11:14 A.M.
A leading human rights lawyer who has two clients locked up in Australian detention centres is condemning the Government's lack of action on the issue.
Nearly 200 Kiwis are being detained across the Tasman, as they face deportation back to New Zealand.
Acting Prime Minister Bill English yesterday said there's no evidence of shocking treatment, but lawyer Craig Tuck says being detained indefinitely is shocking enough.
"The situation is really inexplicable and unnecessary," says Mr Tuck. "Is this how we want to treat people really?
"This is something that just shouldn't be happening."
Mr Tuck says the New Zealand Government needs to enter the human rights discourse and stand up for its citizens
Watch the video for the full interview with Craig Tuck.