27 Mar 2012

NZ man fears return to life of crime

9:03 am on 27 March 2012

A convicted New Zealander living in Perth is likely to avoid Auckland for fear of becoming invoved in crime again when he is deported.

Hayden Harlem Tewao, who weighs 200kg and is two metres tall, had his Australian visa cancelled after he committed a violent armed robbery in 2010.

Last year, the Australian Administrative Appeals Board found he was at a low risk of re-offending and could remain in Perth.

But Immigration Minister Chris Bowen overrode that decision, citing Mr Tewao's exceptionally large stature as a factor.

Rhianna King, a reporter for the Western Australia Today newspaper told Radio New Zealand's Morning Report that Mr Tewao does not want to return to Auckland.

"He left Auckland in 2007 to move to Perth after he became involved with crime gangs in Auckland.

"Due to his size he considers himself to be completlely out of that scene now and doesn't want to go back as he fears for his safety and fears he may become involved with the wrong type of people.

Ms King says Hayden Tewao is considering moving to Christchurch.