Anne Gibson at NZ Herald reports:
A Chinese migrant convicted over an Auckland kidnapping and $1 million ransom plot was allowed to work here after support from a former Associate Immigration Minister.
Wonder which one?
She presented a letter written by Labour MP Shane Jones in 2007 granting a special direction to enable her to have a one-year open work permit, despite her conviction.
I would have though kidnapping was a serious enough crime that the appropriate response would be deportation, not a work permit!
Mr Jones said he did not know Ms Shi nor did he remember writing the letter when he was Associate Immigration Minister.
Shane really needs to start keeping better file notes.