Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Minister of Immigration must stop scammers

Rajen Prasad
Spokesperson on Immigration

20 March 2014

Minister must stop scammers

Michael Woodhouse should ask how information which would normally be available only to Immigration New Zealand has ended up in the hands of scammers, says Labour’s Immigration Spokesperson Rajen Prasad.

“The Police say they have received complaints from at least eleven immigrants who have fallen victim to these scams. So far the police have no clues on who the scammers are, but all the victims known to them are from India.

“There can only be two sources of private information on immigrants and their applications for visas - either Immigration New Zealand or the Visa Application Centres that process all applications. Visa Application Centres are businesses operating under contract to Immigration New Zealand. They are located in 12 countries and, for a fee, receive and process all applications for visas.

“The Visa Application Centres need to be organisations held in high trust as they have access to passports and other private details of applicants. Similarly immigration New Zealand must also guarantee private information is thoroughly protected.

“There were over 37,000 applications lodged through Visa Application Centres in the 2012-13 financial year and therefore they urgently need to ensure the security of the system and applicants’ private information on applicants.

“We need an urgent examination of all potential sources of the information on applicants that could be being leaked to the scammers.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On War Crimes And The Afghan Insurgency

Truly, with friends like former defence Minster Wayne Mapp, the SAS does not need enemies. At the very least, the Hit and Run book has raised the possibility that the New Zealand SAS committed war crimes in the attack they led in Afghnistan upon the villages of Naik and Khak Khuday Dad...

Mapp’s attempted defence of the SAS on RNZ this morning unintentionally indicated that collective punishment was baked into the planning exercise for the raid, and also into how the raid proceeded on the ground. More>>

 

Biscuit Tin Of Democracy: World Heritage Site Protection, Ombudsman and Equal Pay Bills Drawn

On Thursday, 23 March 2017 three places are available on the Order Paper for the first reading of a Member’s bill. The ballot was held, and resulted in the following bills being drawn... More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Plan: NZ Needs More Science, More Trees, Fewer Beasts

A combination of technology breakthroughs, much more plantation forestry, and a big switch away from pastoral, particularly dairy farming, are identified as the key elements of any approach New Zealand takes to reducing its carbon emissions to a net zero level, according to a new report sponsored by the New Zealand chapter of GLOBE, a multi-party, global parliamentary grouping. More>>

ALSO:

"Backed To Win Seats": Labour Māori Seat MPs Won't Stand On List

The Labour Party is backing a request from its Māori seat MPs to stand as electorate MPs only, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

Productivity Commission: New Models Of Tertiary Education Are Coming

The report is a broad-ranging inquiry into how well New Zealand’s tertiary education system is set up to respond to emerging trends in technology and the internationalisation of education, and changes in the structure of the population, and the skills needed in the economy and society... More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Water Everywhere

Monday's Post-Cabinet press conference focused on water, with the Prime Minister fielding questions about the possibility pricing water taken for export. Mr English said the government was directing their water allocation technical advisory group to include export water in considerations. More>>

ALSO:

Kim Workman: Reality Check Needed For Public Service Reoffending Target

Reducing the prison population results in a reduction in re-offending. Shortening sentences reduces reoffending... More>>

ALSO:

PSA: Minister Should Stop Dodging On Salisbury School

"The decision around the future of Salisbury School has been overdue for months, and the ambiguity is leaving parents, staff and students in limbo. It’s time the Minister stopped hiding, muddying the waters and being dishonest about her Ministry’s intentions," says Erin Polaczuk, PSA national secretary. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news