Mara gets 2 days in New Zealand to tell his story

Tevita Mara gets 2 days in New Zealand “to tell his story”. However John Key says that New Zealand is “taking quite a cautious view.”

While Australia has removed Mara permanently from its travel ban list, Key said, “We have no intention of doing that at this stage.”

“It will be an opportunity for New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials to talk to him and get a sense of what his perspective is. But it doesn’t mean he’ll be granted a visa to come back. He’ll be like a number of people who have been put on the ban for a good reason and they need to prove to us there’s a very good reason why they should be permanently taken off.”

Mara is back in Tonga but is expected to come to New Zealand as early as Monday.


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