17 Mar 2014

Agency 'vindicated' by rapper ban

11:45 am on 17 March 2014

Immigration New Zealand says it feels vindicated by its refusal to allow members of the rap group Odd Future into the country.

The group's leader, Tyler the Creator, was arrested at the weekend for reportedly encouraging fans to push past security at a sold-out gig in Austin, Texas.

Tyler the Creator.

Tyler the Creator. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Last month, Immigration New Zealand officials refused to allow him and other members of Odd Future into the country to attend the Rapture festival in Auckland, on the grounds they were a threat to public order.

Past performances where they had incited violence were given as reasons for the ban.

The agency's border operations manager, Karen Urwin, says Tyler the Creator's arrest vindicates the decision to refuse him entry into New Zealand.