Mike Tyson's visa has been revoked by Associate Immigration Minister Kate Wilkinson.

Ms Wilkinson said the original decision to grant Tyson a visa was a "finely balanced call" and a letter of support from the Life Education Trust was a significant factor.

Her decision to revoke the visa was made after the Trust withdrew its support.

Tyson said was not sure what to expect on his first visit to New Zealand but wanted to meet Maori - citing his facial tattoo, which he said was inspired by the culture.

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Prime Minister John Key is quoted as saying he doesn't understand the rationale behind a decision to grant convicted rapist Mike Tyson a visa to come to New Zealand.

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