From Deborah Russell, MP for New Lynn
One of the things I enjoy about being an electorate MP is the opportunity to advocate for and assist constituents. I hold Community Catch Ups on Monday mornings out in the electorate and it has been refreshing talking with people that have made time to come and meet with me. One of the issues that is regularly presented to me is around immigration.
Late last year Teresa approached my office as a visitor’s visa for her friend, Bhutanese monk Rinzin, had been declined. It was looking like all the plans she had made to show him New Zealand in return for his hospitality on her trips to Bhutan were going to be wasted and significant expense incurred. I was able to provide further context to Immigration NZ about the situation and request they review the application. With the additional information, and assurances from Teresa that she understood her responsibilities as a visa sponsor, INZ was willing to process another visa application which was granted. Teresa had a wonderful time showing Rinzin New Zealand and he was able further his understanding of western culture and grow connections with the Buddhist centres in New Zealand.
My team at the electorate office, Vanessa and Kimberly, have both professional and personal experience which ideally places them to assist constituent constituents. Please contact them on 09 827 3062 to find out how they can assist. I am opening my office in Avondale in early May so watch out for our new location details.
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Special thanks to: Deborah Russell, 827 3062 Email: email@example.com