South African chef 'too fat' to live in New Zealand

Published 6 years ago by: Olusola Agbaje
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Authorities in New Zealand have told a South African chef he is too fat to be allowed to live in the country.

Immigration officials said Albert Buitenhuis, who weighs 130kg (286 pounds), did not have "an acceptable standard of health".

He now faces expulsion despite shedding 30kg since he moved to the city of Christchurch six years ago

New Zealand has one of the highest obesity rates in the developed world, with nearly 30% of people overweight.

Mr Buitenhuis and his wife, Marthie, moved from South Africa to Christchurch in 2007. At the time, the chef weighed 160kg.

Until now, their annual work visas had been renewed with "very little problem", his wife said.

"We applied year after year and there were no issues," she said.

"They never mentioned Albert's weight or his health once and he was a lot heavier then."

But in early May, the couple was told their work visas had been declined because of Mr Buitenhuis's weight.

"The irony is that at the moment he weighs less than when we first arrived in New Zealand and also less than in his first medical, which was accepted by [immigration authorities]," his wife said.

The couple has appealed to New Zealand's immigration minister, citing the chef's recent weight loss.

An immigration spokesman said Mr Buitenhuis's application had been rejected because his obesity put him at "significant risk" of complications including diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

"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.

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mary11 at 02:43 PM, 27/07/2013 (6 years ago)
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What nonsense!
Oh so na Tiny pple like Ajanni they want 4 dia country?

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Shegzan at 02:46 PM, 27/07/2013 (6 years ago)
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Hw dis one com mk BIS wrk 4 andriod nw??

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merion at 02:55 PM, 27/07/2013 (6 years ago)
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wat  Roll Eyes
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monasea at 02:58 PM, 27/07/2013 (6 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes hmmm na wa oo
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Shegzan at 03:04 PM, 27/07/2013 (6 years ago)
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Eh??

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osamabinladin at 03:09 PM, 27/07/2013 (6 years ago)
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Really Huh?
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zoe61 at 03:19 PM, 27/07/2013 (6 years ago)
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Lol
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jane4real at 03:27 PM, 27/07/2013 (6 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Undecided Undecided Undecided
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deway1 at 03:37 PM, 27/07/2013 (6 years ago)
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Australia and Newzealands and A*#Ss
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sucre4u at 03:58 PM, 27/07/2013 (6 years ago)
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Dats not fair na
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christianity at 04:46 PM, 27/07/2013 (6 years ago)
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NAWAO
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Toks-E at 05:10 PM, 27/07/2013 (6 years ago)
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Quote from: Shegzan on 02:46 PM, 27/07/2013
Hw dis one com mk BIS wrk 4 andriod nw??

Hahahahah

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Toks-E at 05:12 PM, 27/07/2013 (6 years ago)
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Quote from: mary11 on 02:43 PM, 27/07/2013
What nonsense!
Oh so na Tiny pple like Ajanni they want 4 dia country?

Lol

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Noble12 at 05:25 PM, 27/07/2013 (6 years ago)
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Una get troubleoooo.
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winace at 05:28 PM, 27/07/2013 (6 years ago)
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Gud . They shld control weight so dat people will not be dying of obesity.
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Toks-E at 05:32 PM, 27/07/2013 (6 years ago)
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At least the man can still move about

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arsenal123 at 05:41 PM, 27/07/2013 (6 years ago)
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 Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked
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ebiteck at 05:44 PM, 27/07/2013 (6 years ago)
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discrimination everywhere
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paulohking at 06:23 PM, 27/07/2013 (6 years ago)
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Eeeee
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