Story: Immigration regulation

Tongan overstayers deported

Tongan overstayers deported

In the 1960s and early 1970s some Fijians, Tongans and Western Samoans arrived under a quota system, but many had only temporary visas and simply stayed on. This was ignored by the New Zealand government when the demand for labour was high. But when this diminished, overstayers were chased up (by means which included controversial dawn raids) and deported. This young woman was a member of a Tongan family who had been living illegally in Porirua. They were deported in 1991. Pacific Islanders continue to arrive as permanent migrants under a quota system which gives them some preference over other migrants.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1991/1614/10

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Ann Beaglehole, 'Immigration regulation - Controlling Pacific Island immigration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/1388/tongan-overstayers-deported (accessed 21 November 2019)

Story by Ann Beaglehole, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 18 Aug 2015