Thinking of visiting New Zealand as an au pair, or sending your daughter there to get some overseas experience? Think again, au pairs on holiday in New Zealand risk spending the night in the cell and getting deported.
In what appears to be backlash against the recent deportation of New Zealand persona-non-grata from Australia …
An Australian couple are “horrified and disgusted” their 18-year-old French au pair was locked in a police cell overnight and then deported by immigration officials at Queenstown Airport who were concerned she might babysit the couple’s children.
Au pair Manon Pache flew to New Zealand for a one-week visit in December with her employers Pip and Paul Johnston, their two children, aged two and four, and Mr Johnston’s parents.
Dr Pip Johnston, a veterinarian in Tenterfield, New South Wales, told the Otago Daily Times last week the arrangement with Ms Pache was she would not be paid during their stay in Wanaka and she would not be expected to work.
However, immigration officials noted the Johnstons were paying Ms Pache’s travel and accommodation, and Ms Pache admitted during an interview she would undertake childminding, although she also maintained she would not be paid. After being interviewed, Ms Pache was put in a cell in Queenstown for the night and deported to Australia the next day…
Dr Johnston said the incident “really put the wind up” Ms Pache who had been working for them for four months. “You’ve got a young kid going to a foreign country … she was absolutely terrified.” Ms Pache is now back in France…” read the full story here
The Johnston family and Ms Pache appear to have got caught up in political cross fire currently going on between Australia and New Zealand. The current stoush started last year after Australia began cancelling the visas of New Zealand residents in Australia who had criminal convictions, belonged to motorcycle gangs or had child sex offences.
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