If you are a citizen of NZ by grant and then are committed of a crime overseas and serve a suspended or prison sentence

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Customer: If you are a citizen of NZ by grant and then are committed of a crime overseas and serve a suspended or prison sentence can you be prevented from re-entering NZ?
JA: Have any charges been filed? If so, when is the next court date?
Customer: charges are filed; historic charges 1981 and 1984.
JA: Have you talked to a New Zealand lawyer about this yet?
Customer: [1] Indecent Assault, between August 1981 and August 1984 contrary to the 1956 Sexual Offences Act
[2] Indecency with a Child, between the same dates; contrary to Indecency with Children Act 1960
No as this is in the UK
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Court date in UK has been suspended due to Covid; please of not guilty entered. Potential to go for goodyear indication due to delay; however adamant not guilty but desperate to come home to NZ been in UK since July 2019 due tho this.
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I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellington and will help you with your question today. Please give me a minute to read your question
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As a citizen you cannot be stopped from returning. So when that criminal trial is completed you will be free to return
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Many thanks for your response. Very much appreciated.
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Hi Chris, I have had time to think about your response and would like some further clarification please. So even though the conviction (if there is one) will be attached to the passport immigration will not stop at the border? Can I please ask what act/statute/schedule is this information available in?
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The conviction is not attached to the passport. It would be a record in the UK but there won’t be any record of this in New Zealand. When people are convicted of crimes overseas and deported back to New Zealand they enter without any obstacle because this is their home country.
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Thank you, ***** ***** information be found in the Citizenship Act 1977?
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No, that is about how to apply
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