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(BBC)   New Zealand's official policy: Go be fat somewhere else   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 26
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2013-07-29 11:05:38 AM  
The problem is (at least reading other reports) that there  isn't an official policy.  It's apparently totally up to the judgement of some random inspector.

If you say "BMI of 40" is the rule, fine.  (As flawed as BMI might be, that's fat).  The dude can try to lose to get to 39.9, and know whether he's going to pass or not.  If you don't have any guideline... well... how the hell are you supposed to keep up with 'dem goalposts?
 
2013-07-29 11:05:53 AM  
I was with them, harsh and arbitrary as the reason cited for the deportation may be (their country, their prerogative...*shrug*), until the part about the fact that he has not been denied visa renewal in 7 years while weighing the same the whole time.  Never mind having lost weight before this renewal rejection.  Consistency...get some.
 
2013-07-29 11:07:31 AM  
286 pounds is too fat to live in NZ? That's low for America...especially at your average southern or mid-west Walmart.
 
2013-07-29 11:08:24 AM  
LOL, nice
 
2013-07-29 11:10:46 AM  

""It is important that all migrants have an acceptable standard of health to minimise costs and demands on New Zealand's health services," he said."


He's a working migrant contributing to the New Zealand economy and I assume his wife is also contributing to the economy. NZ needs to focus on the other 30% of unhealthy people instead of a migrant who actually dropped weight.

 
2013-07-29 11:10:52 AM  
And the official discrimination, it has begun.
 
2013-07-29 11:13:28 AM  
I guess in a country that's seismically unstable, you don't want fatasses shaking the ground with every step.

/like these guys walk anyway. THAT'S WHY YOU'RE FAT
 
2013-07-29 11:17:35 AM  
A fat chef?  His cooking must be good.
 
2013-07-29 11:20:03 AM  
Fat as a protected class... here it comes.
 
2013-07-29 11:20:15 AM  
Meh, it's because he's a Saffie. No one likes those farkers, especially Kiwis.
 
2013-07-29 11:20:33 AM  

Walker: 286 pounds is too fat to live in NZ? That's low for America...especially at your average southern or mid-west Walmart.


this! especially since what i've heard is nz has one of the higher rates of obesity!

i'm fat, and in recent years ballooned up to my absolute fattest, weighing in at 289! i knew i had gained, but i don't own a scale and rarely go to a dr, so when i went for a physical after getting on the great insurance i have now, i IMMEDIATELY changed some things to lose weight.

my point to this is that on a daily basis i encountered dozens of folks who made me feel almost thin, even while i was at 289!

/approx 255 now
//munching on broccoli, snap peas, and carrots as i type this
 
2013-07-29 11:36:56 AM  
This is one of the main reasons that I may not get to go work in NZ. Apparently if a family wants to move there then both parents have to prove to be productive members of society so as not to cause a potential drain on the government. If I get a job offer there I know my wife will say that she isn't going to be working anymore and that kind of kills the job offer.

I'd love to work there.
 
2013-07-29 11:40:16 AM  
Where's the hero tag?
 
2013-07-29 11:42:03 AM  

balfourk: This is one of the main reasons that I may not get to go work in NZ. Apparently if a family wants to move there then both parents have to prove to be productive members of society so as not to cause a potential drain on the government. If I get a job offer there I know my wife will say that she isn't going to be working anymore and that kind of kills the job offer.

I'd love to work there.


Your problem is not NZ or their rules.
 
2013-07-29 12:21:45 PM  
New Zealand has been hit by some devastating earthquakes over the past several years.

The logic behind this is probably to ease the load on the fragile earth below New Zealand by shedding the fat people.
 
2013-07-29 12:30:20 PM  
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2013-07-29 12:34:01 PM  
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Do what Africa does.
 
2013-07-29 12:36:54 PM  
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Can't go.
 
2013-07-29 12:51:40 PM  
I didn't see them complain about Kim Dotcom moving in... or is that why they allowed the Americans to get him?
 
2013-07-29 02:14:06 PM  
I'm the heaviest I've ever been, 199 lbs.   200 is unacceptable.  I plan on losing 30 in the next year.
 
2013-07-29 02:19:06 PM  
They should instutute this policy with our pacific islander population, our obesity rate would drop to 5% in no time.
 
2013-07-29 03:06:07 PM  
New Zealand does have rules about health for immigrants. If your BMI or waist size is above a certain point you need additional medical tests. Above a higher limit you are out of luck.
 
2013-07-29 04:36:47 PM  
Was he rejected for being fat, or for being South African?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZjwCmJrnlY
 
2013-07-29 06:43:19 PM  
All you Obama-bashing freetards out there: Good news, this is an example of an inhumane consequence of having a publicly funded health system.

/I understand that you can get around it in Australia by having money in trust for your health care, but it can be in the several millions.
 
2013-07-30 10:01:28 AM  
But residents by birth get a pass?
 
2013-07-30 10:02:01 AM  
With 7 years in NZ, why not take the next plane to Oz where he should be let in without issue based on the Kiwi experience.  Or just apply to citizenship to either country and travel between then with ease?
 
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