|The New Zealand Government's objective of
granting residency for humanitarian reasons
"allow the entry of people where humanitarian
circumstances exist and where
there is a
close connection to New Zealand".
You may qualify for approval under this category
1. Your circumstances are causing serious
physical and/or serious emotional harm to
yourself and/or a New Zealand party; and
2. Your application is sponsored by a close
family member who is a New Zealand citizen/unconditional
residence permit holder; and
3. You demonstrate that the only reasonable
solution to your situation or the New Zealand
party’s situation is you being granted residency
in New Zealand; and
4. In all the circumstances it would not
be contrary to the public interest to allow
you to reside in New Zealand.
"Serious Physical or Serious Emotional
The following are examples of when you or
a New Zealand party may be considered to
be suffering serious emotional harm:
1. When you or the New Zealand party's ability
to function in your everyday lives is significantly
diminished in a manner that is likely to
2. When you or the New Zealand party is suffering
from a serious mental illness or disorder
which is likely to endure.
You or the New Zealand party must:
(a) be currently suffering harm; or
(b) have suffered harm in the past which
having been alleviated by you being in New
Zealand would on the balance of probabilities
arise again if you left New Zealand.
You must submit the following evidence of
serious physical and/or serious emotional
harm together with your application:
(i) a written statement in your residence
application describing the harm which is
being caused to yourself or the New Zealand
(ii) in the case of serious physical harm
a medical report from a registered medical
practitioner supporting the claim for serious
(iii) in the case of serious emotional harm
a psychiatric report from a registered psychiatrist.
The above reports will not need to be produced
if they are unduly difficult for you to obtain.
The above reports must contain among other
things comment on why the grant of New Zealand
residency is the only reasonable solution
to the situation for medical or psychiatric
or psychological reasons and why other solutions
are not reasonable.
You must be sponsored by a close family member
who is a New Zealand citizen/holder of an
unconditional New Zealand resident's permit.
A close family member is defined as:
(1) a parent, adult sibling or adult child;
(2) an aunt, uncle, nephew or niece; or
(3) a grandparent; or
(4) a person who has lived with and been
part of your family for many years. This
does not include an estranged or divorced
spouse or parent.
Children 16 years and younger are not eligible
For the year ending 30 June 1998 1,264 persons
were granted New Zealand residency under
the humanitarian category or 4% of the total
number of people granted New Zealand residency
for that year. By comparison 740 people were
granted residency under this category for
the 1995/96 year