14 Jun 2017

Deported NZer seeks answers from PNG Immigration

From , 3:04 pm on 14 June 2017

A New Zealand Catholic missionary deported from Papua New Guinea says it's unclear how he was supposed to have breached the conditions of his visa.

Despite a court order staying his deportation, Douglas Tennent was forced to leave PNG on Monday after being told by immigration officials he'd abused conditions of his religious worker visa.

Mr Tennent had been working at the Rabaul Catholic Archdiocese where among his roles was helping people affected by Malaysian company Rimbunan Hijau's palm oil operations.

Now back in New Zealand, Mr Tennent told Johnny Blades that West Pomio landowners requested help over the way Rimbunan Hijau took up a lease on their land.