Hon Kate Wilkinson
Associate Minister of
3 October 2012
Mike Tyson’s visa has been cancelled by
Associate Immigration Minister Kate Wilkinson today.
Ms Wilkinson says the original decision to grant a
Special Direction to Mr Tyson was a finely balanced call and
a letter of support from the Life Education Trust, that
would have been a benefactor from the visit, was a
significant factor in approving the application.
“Yesterday evening the Life Education Trust contacted
my office and asked for that letter to be withdrawn, making
it clear that the Trust no longer wants to have any
involvement with Mr Tyson’s visit.
“Given that the
Trust is no longer supporting the event, on balance, I have
made the decision to cancel his visa to enter New Zealand
for the Day of the Champions event.”
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