40 in visa blunder

AUCKLAND – Foreign workers on a Philippine ship were allowed to work in Port Taranaki without the correct paperwork, leaked emails have revealed.

The information, obtained by Radio New Zealand, showed in June, Immigration New Zealand discovered the Geo Resolution’s 40-strong crew did not have the right visas.

The emails also revealed Immigration New Zealand admitted the blunder, but would not punish the local agent responsible for the booking.

The vessel was in Port Taranaki for a month doing surveying work for a new trans-Tasman cable.

In the emails Immigration New Zealand blamed the blunder on “miscommunication”, and the vessel’s local agent, McKay Shipping, for not knowing its responsibilities.

“As the vessel is now departing , we are going to consider the unfortunate matter a learning experience for all,” said an official.

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