Regan Schoultz is an NZME news service reporter based in Auckland.

Support for plight

Juliana Carvalho.
Juliana Carvalho.

Support has flooded in for an advocate for people with disabilities who risks being booted out of New Zealand.

The Herald on Sunday revealed last week that wheelchair-bound Brazilian-born Juliana Carvalho faced being kicked out of the country, despite her family living here and her doctor saying she would not be a health burden.

Immigration New Zealand declined an application for residency under the skilled migrant category and the 34-year-old has now appealed the decision.

Green MP Mojo Mathers, who is deaf, has now offered moral support to Carvalho. "It is wrong that we are rejecting such a skilled and talented young woman from residency here purely on the grounds of disability," Mathers said."Accepting all the family but rejecting the one member with a disability is cruel."

Carvalho was paralysed in 2001, aged 19, after contracting lupus, a disease that affects the auto-immune system.

She suffered an inflammation in the spinal cord, leaving her unable to move from the waist down. Carvalho's brother, mother and sister are all New Zealand residents.

- Horowhenua Chronicle

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