New Zealand is a country of immigrants.
When all is said and done these Islands have only been inhabited by humans for 600 or so years and we have a written history for only for the last 160 years.
And the immigrants still come.
And while the vast majority have a lot to contribute to our nations well being and future there are a few who have a pernicious influence on our society and others who are a drain upon it.
From the New Zealand Herald this morning we have the story of two men who have been granted leave to stay after the Deportation Review Tribunal rulings.
A Tongan man who sexually abused a 14-year-old girl is allowed to stay in New Zealand - because his family could not cope with village life back in the Islands.
Siale Fehoko was convicted of two counts of sex with an underage girl in 2004, which he said was "consensual".
He spent 18 months on home detention, then received a deportation order as the offending was within five years of getting permanent residence in 2000.
Fehoko successfully appealed against the order at the Deportation Review Tribunal, with a ruling released yesterday saying he could stay because leaving would be "unjust or unduly harsh" on his New Zealand-born-wife and their five children.
And take a look at this guy who has also been allowed to stay
A Samoan man who chased a neighbour with a machete has been allowed to stay - because his son suffers severe autism and would miss out on specialised care.
Kalolo Tupuola, also known as Kalolo Talo, was convicted of assault with a weapon in 2005 and sentenced to 20 months' jail.
His deportation order was overturned by the Deportation Review Tribunal in a decision released yesterday that said the "humanitarian circumstances" involving his New Zealand-born 9-year-old son meant it would be unduly harsh.
Tupuola arrived in 1996 and was here unlawfully until obtaining a work permit in 2000.
His assault conviction related to an incident where he chased a Tongan neighbour into a garage, slashing a sheet over the doorway with the machete, then swinging and missing the offender with the weapon.
The tribunal said there was no suggestion Tupuola hit the neighbour.
Tupuola had other convictions for drink-driving, careless use of a vehicle, breaching a liquor ban and assault with a blunt instrument that involved throwing a chair at a friend during a drunken argument.
What I will be interested in seeing is how the Minister for Immigration reacts to theses cases, Since less than a month ago David Cunliffe took a decision of the tribunal, one that allowed a Romanian couple and their children to stay, to the High Court to try and get it overturned.
In this case the couples crime was to have a child suffering from Thalassaemia, a blood disorder most commonly found amongst people of south eastern European ancestry. And the people that David Cuniliffe thought unsuitable for life New Zealand are an Aircraft Engineer (husband) and qualified economist (wife).
The court ruled that the tribunal reconsider their decision but declined to overturn it, which is what Mr Cunliffe sought when he bought the action. So this one is still up in the air.
Of course if illness is to be a criteria for repatriating immigrants then we should put the issue of the HIV positive Africans on the table. And since a look a the Statistics for HIV positive people in New Zealand quickly reveals that so called "heterosexual" Aids epidemic in New Zealand is almost exclusively found amongst this community and hardly anywhere else perhaps it should be.
But having a "heterosexual aids" epidemic in New Zealand actually serves a political agenda so this particular truth is only discussed in hushed tones.
A post for another time perhaps.