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Kiribati man faces deporation from NZ after climate change refugee app

Kiribati man faces deporation from NZ after climate change refugee app

Updated 9 May 2014, 18:06 AEST

A man from Kiribati and his family face being deported from New Zealand after he lost an appeal over his claim to be a climate change refugee.

Along with his wife and three children, Ioane Teitiota stayed on illegally in New Zealand after his 3 year work visa expired in 2010.

He took his case to the Court of Appeal after an immigration tribunal denied him refugee status.

The judgement, handed down yesterday by Justice John Wild, stated that while the Court was sympathetic with the people of Kiribati, Mr Teitiota's claim for recognition was 'fundamentally misconceived'.

But Mr Teitiota's lawyer, Michael Kidd, says the family want to stay in New Zealand and may still continue their fight.

Presenter: Catherine Graue

Speaker: Michael Kidd, lawyer

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