The New Zealand Government's objective of granting residency for humanitarian reasons is to:

"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 if:

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 Harm"

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 endure;
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 party;
(ii) in the case of serious physical harm a medical report from a registered medical practitioner supporting the claim for serious physical harm;
(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; or
(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 to sponsor.

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

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