Lynley Bilby

Lynley Bilby is a reporter for the Herald on Sunday.

Dotcom nannies' deportation threat over

Kim, holding Kaylo, and Mona Dotcom, holding Kylee, with two of the nannies who have helped bring up their children. Photo / Michael Craig
Kim, holding Kaylo, and Mona Dotcom, holding Kylee, with two of the nannies who have helped bring up their children. Photo / Michael Craig

The nannies who care for internet mogul Kim Dotcom's five children have been allowed to remain in New Zealand.

Dotcom this week told the Herald on Sunday that Immigration New Zealand has granted his family a reprieve, allowing the four Filipina nannies a year's extension on their working visas.

Said Dotcom: "It's a great result. The nannies were crying for joy when they heard the good news. It was very touching."

Dotcom faced losing the nannies who live at the Coatesville Mansion, caring for his five young children, after deportation orders were issued in May.

The women were given 42 days to appeal the ruling on humanitarian grounds.

In the same week, Dotcom announced the end of his five-year marriage to Mona.

He said he was concerned about the dire impact losing the nannies would have on the two children with autism, Kaylo and Kobi.

He said the nannies were all qualified nurses who were specially trained in autism.

Said a relieved Dotcom: "We are grateful for the change of direction by Immigration NZ and appreciate that they have considered the health issues of two of our children and the potentially traumatic consequences to them if their nannies would have been deported."

Dotcom also credited the Herald on Sunday: "I think your inquiries have been helpful and I thank you."

Last month, an immigration official said those wanting to renew disputed visas were required to show no New Zealanders were available or could be trained to do the job before a visa could be granted.

- Herald on Sunday

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