Kent Andrew Garrett, an IT professional, also known as Orson Kent, admitted 29 counts including accessing and requesting child abuse material in 2014. Photo / Provided
Some of New Zealand’s newest residents are deported Australians with experience in the lecherous online meth trafficking, violence and child sex offenses.
Despite continuing annoyance as Australia dumped its unwanted population across Tasman, a migration expert said there was not much New Zealand could do to stop the floods.
More than two dozen criminals were evicted from Australia last week, nearly two weeks after the deportations of another 28 men, including two with links to motorcycle gangs.
One of the deportees was a pedophile who was jailed for posing as pop star Justin Bieber to trick 12-year-old girls into submitting sexually explicit images.
Based on News Corp., this is Kent Andrew Garrett, a Melbourne man in his late 40s.
Australian court documents show IT professional Garrett, also known as Orson Kent, admitted 29 charges including accessing and requesting child abuse material in 2014.
He emigrated from New Zealand in 2007 to pursue opportunities in IT, previously reported The Age newspaper.
Most of the deportees were known as 501s, after their visas were canceled for failing a character test under section 501 of the Australian Migration Act.
Migration expert Professor Paul Spoonley said deporting Kiwi-born criminals saved big money from Australian authorities.
But New Zealand society and human relations are paying the price.
Spoonley, from Massey University, said 501 often lived in Australia for years and arrived in New Zealand without a support network.
Sometimes the only networks are criminal fraternities.
“Australia exports its criminals, but also its gangs to New Zealand,” said Spoonley.
“Then we get it the Comancheros and others starting to appear in New Zealand. “
“The New Zealand government with various beliefs has tried to persuade the Australian Government to take a different path, and has failed miserably.”
Prior to 2001, New Zealand citizens in Australia on special category visas were able to access social security and obtain Australian citizenship without becoming permanent residents.
“The different treatment of New Zealanders started in 2001 and then of course, 501 really added to the insult to injury,” said Spoonley.
“This is disappointing and a major threat to bilateral relations.”
But he said despite diplomacy or persuasion efforts, it was difficult to avoid the unwanted withdrawal of Australian prisoners.
“All countries have the right to deport other nationals if they commit a criminal offense – but the numbers here are significant.”
More than 1000 people were deported in the two years to March 2018 alone.
Deportations were halted without a pandemic, with some 501 flights landing in Auckland this year.
A spokesman for Managed Isolation and Quarantine said that since mid-July, flights of deportees arrived with deportees completing their two-week isolation at a special facility in downtown Auckland.
The agency will not say which location was used but about 501 are known to have stayed at the Ramada on Auckland Federal Street.
The agency said more than 75,000 returnees have passed through MIQ facilities and only a small number have been deported.
It was not immediately clear when the deportees’ next plane would land.