9 Oct 2012

Officials considering second Tyson visa application

10:26 pm on 9 October 2012

Immigration officials are considering a new visa application for former world champion boxer and convicted rapist Mike Tyson.

Tyson was to give a presentation at the Day of the Champions event at Vector Arena in Auckland as part of a trip to New Zealand and Australia in November.

But last week, Associate Minister of Immigration Kate Wilkinson cancelled his visa after anti-drugs charity the Life Education Trust withdrew an earlier letter of support for the visit.

Ms Wilkinson said on Tuesday her office has received a new application and it is being looked at. She says she has not seen the application, but understands it is backed by an organisation.

The Manukau Urban Maori Authority said last week it would formally back Tyson and help his tour's promoter reapply for the visa.