An immigrant family faces being torn apart after its patriarch was convicted for drug smuggling.

Chinese citizen Jianyong Guo brought his wife and two children to New Zealand in 2002 for a new life. They were all granted residency four years later.

But in 2008, their new world fell apart when Mr Guo was jailed for more than five years after being caught importing a large amount of pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient in P.

He was also convicted with possessing the illegal drug for supply.


Mr Guo, who unsuccessfully appealed against his convictions, was then served with a deportation order under the Immigration Act.

Two appeals against the deportation under humanitarian grounds were thrown out by the Immigration and Protection Tribunal.

His children, who had gained residency as Mr Guo's family members, were also then served with deportation notices.

After attempted appeals against deportation were dismissed by the Immigration and Protection Tribunal, the High Court and Court of Appeal, the Guo family took their battle to New Zealand's highest court, the Supreme Court.

In a new judgement released today, Supreme Court judges dismissed Mr Guo's application for leave to appeal against his deportation.

However, Mr Guo's two children were granted leave to appeal to the High Court.