Obese SA man too fat for New Zealand

Wellington - An obese South African man has been told he is too fat to live in New Zealand despite shedding 30kg since he moved to the country six years ago, a report said on Saturday.

Albert Buitenhuis - who now weighs 130kg - and his wife, Marthie, said they face deportation after an application to renew their work visas was rejected because of his weight.

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) cited the demands his obesity could place on New Zealand health services and said their medical assessors deemed Albert no longer "had an acceptable standard of health".

The couple said they moved from SA to the main South Island city of Christchurch six years ago when Albert weighed 160kg and their annual work visas were renewed without any problem.

"We applied for year after year and there were no issues. They never mentioned Albert's weight or his health once and he was a lot heavier then," Marthie said.

"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 INZ."

An INZ spokesperson said Buitenhuis was rejected because his obesity put him at "significant risk" of complications including diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and obstructive sleep apnoea.

"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.

A recent OECD report listed New Zealand as the third most obese developed nation behind the US and Mexico.
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Khetha Hlophe 2013-07-27 07:41:56 AM
You are still welcome back South African.They have used your skills
Ronald Lukabwe 2013-07-27 07:48:32 AM
Plse check yr weight and shed off some fat !
Philip 2013-07-27 07:49:12 AM
Is obesity a crime in NZ?
Petro Jahnel 2013-07-27 07:50:23 AM
Most All Black rugby players weigh about that, what a load of rubbish!!
Katleho Seahlodi 2013-07-27 07:53:02 AM
If I were him I'd eat a lot more so that its impossible ta even board a plane or ship
Tholakele Mngadi 2013-07-27 07:53:17 AM
I pray when they deport you, you don't book this passenger airliner that makes people pay fares in proportion to their weight. You might not afford a return ticket at that weight. I think Those New Zealanders are trying to shed (excuse the punk) excess South Africans from their country.
Sthembiso Jali 2013-07-27 08:07:33 AM
To think that people were recently blaming Naledi Pandor for chasing foreigners back home, it's about time South Africans remains home and foreigners takes a hike. Some of these immigration laws across the board are just simple ridiculous.
Nkululeko Holicsta Madi 2013-07-27 08:11:43 AM
Who cares...?
Jason Hepple 2013-07-27 08:18:13 AM
You're all a bunch of racists
BDIP 2013-07-27 08:21:35 AM
Why would one want to live in a country that casts the weak aside anyway. Every country on the world would have a great economy if it ejected its sick, poor, unemployed people. However the rest of the world is inhabited by human beings.