Parliament

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

 

Sanil Kumar has to leave New Zealand tomorrow

Sanil Kumar has to leave New Zealand tomorrow


The Associate Minister of Immigration Nikki Kaye’s decision not to intervene means kidney transplant patient Sanil Kumar must leave New Zealand by tomorrow, says Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Rajen Prasad.

“Kumar, a plumber and sheet metal worker, was on a work visa until he was diagnosed with serious renal disease requiring a kidney transplant. He is currently having daily dialysis.

“Sanil’s first cousin, a New Zealand citizen, is a potential kidney donor and is currently undergoing tissue matching and other tests to determine her suitability.

” It is anticipated that these tests will be finished by May. Another cousin is also ready to be a donor if required.

“Sanil’s family in New Zealand is very supportive and has now amassed the funds required to pay for the cost of a kidney transplant in Auckland.

“Nikki Kaye has based her decision not to intervene on a Ministry of Health report to her which states that patients may receive three months free treatment for local patients from the Fijian Government during which time they ‘need either to find a live donor and be prepared to pay for their dialysis treatment thereafter (FJ$32,000 per year).”

“Fiji does not perform kidney transplants but sometimes sends patients to India if a donor can be found.

“In New Zealand, Sanil has a very good chance of getting a donor from within his family.His health can be maintained on dialysis until a transplant is conducted. On the other hand his future in Fiji is uncertain.

“Under these circumstances New Zealand could have shown greater compassion and used Ministerial discretion appropriately to enable this young man from the Pacific to have a normal life. But that is not to be and I find it hard to accept that our country could not demonstrate compassion in this case.”
Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Demonising Of Iran

Will New Zealand still be willing to pursue its recent trade overtures to Iran, now that US President Donald Trump has used his speech in Riyadh to single out Iran as the main source of terrorism and instability in the Middle East?

Trump did so only hours after a moderate was re-elected in a landslide in Iran’s elections, a victory that opened up a potential for dialogue that the US has chosen to spurn instead, utterly. More>>

 

Pre-Budget Offers: Green Party’s New Plan Puts Kiwi Families First

The Green Party has a plan to help all Kiwi kids have a great start to life, by giving parents more financial support and more flexibility at work. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bill English’s Bizarre New/Old Trade Deal

So, according to the Prime Minister, we all have an obligation to get in behind his zombie TPP deal, because of all the “jobs and income” it will bring in its wake… More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Housing, Exploding Lap-Tops And Jon Taplin

Evidently, only 13,500 of this new build will be state houses/social housing and much of that will be catch-up, since the government will reportedly be demolishing 8,300 state homes over the same period. The other 20,600? About 80% will be sold privately, at the going market rate. More>>

Peter Dunne: Where To Now For Drug Policy?

Recently, the Police, with significant sponsorship from the Ministry of Health, hosted a major Australasian conference on alcohol and drug policy... In my own remarks to the conference I spoke about New Zealand’s National Drug Policy, and where it might head in the future. More>>

ALSO:

Tobacco Sticks: Charges Laid Against Philip Morris

The Ministry of Health has laid charges against tobacco company Philip Morris (New Zealand) Limited relating to the importation and selling of its tobacco sticks known as HEETS. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

Opening The Election Supporters

 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election