A Chinese man applying for a permanent resident visa has been asked by Immigration New Zealand to take a DNA test with his daughter because his wife had the child two years before they were married.

His immigration adviser, Tuariki Delamere, has hit out at Immigration (INZ), saying the request was "outrageous and offensive" because the couple had provided a Chinese birth certificate with their application that had been initially accepted by the agency.

The man did not want to be named or interviewed for this story and would not provide a privacy waiver, but authorised Delamere to speak to

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