Overweight man denied visa in N.Z.


An obese South African man has been told he is too fat to live in New Zealand despite shedding 30 kg since he moved to the country six years ago, a report said Saturday.

Albert Buitenhuis — who now weighs 130 kg — and his wife, Marthie, said they face deportation after an application to renew their work visas was rejected because of his weight.

Immigration New Zealand cited the demands his obesity could place on New Zealand health services and said their medical assessors deemed Buitenhuis no longer “had an acceptable standard of health.”

The couple said they moved from South Africa to the city of Christchurch six years ago when Buitenhuis weighed 160 kg and their annual work visas were renewed without any problem.