Section 501: coming home sweet home?

A Māori TV documentary follows two deportees as they try to reintegrate into New Zealand. (Photo: Supplied)

31 August 2018

Radio NZ – Nine To Noon

Under Section 501 of Australia’s Migration Act all non-citizens who fail a character test are sent home.

An hour-long documentary Section 501 [not available for viewing outside NZ], to be screened on Māori TV on Monday September 3rd, follows deportees Mark and Josh as they try to reintegrate into New Zealand.

They are helped by Auckland based charity, People at Risks Solutions, or PARS.

Over 1,300 Kiwis have been deported to New Zealand in the past 3 years, with more set to come. Mark tells us there are “hundreds of boys waiting to come back here”.

PARS Project Manager Tracey Mouat and filmmaker and director of Section 501 Prisca Bouchet speak to Kathryn Ryan. Listen: Coming home sweet home?

[Read the Radio NZ article].


Assistance for deportees in New Zealand

Information for people arrested or detained in Australia

Number of New Zealanders held in Immigration detention

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