Immigration New Zealand has approved more than 20 partnership visas for child brides and grooms married or engaged to people living in or migrating to New Zealand during the past decade.
All of the brides and grooms were 16- or 17-years-old and most were from countries in the Middle East and Asia, according to information obtained by Stuff under the Official Information Act.
Last year, a 17-year-old Egyptian girl had her application approved so she could be with her 28-year-old Kiwi husband. In 2013, a 17-year-old bride-to-be from Pakistan was granted a partnership visa to live in New Zealand with her 28-year-old fiance, also from Pakistan.
That’s ridiculous. We should not be giving visas to teenagers to come to New Zealand as brides. At a minimum they can wait until they are 18 and legally an adult.
INZ said in each case, the teenager’s parent(s) or guardian(s) supported the application.
Oh great, the ones who may be selling them off into marriage.