It looks as though a Hawkes Bay market price has been established for smooth entry to NZ from the Pacific region. $500 per head seems to be the rate, plus incidentals and disbursements, of course. I wonder what the going rate has been for the last couple of years in Manukau City? Seems to have been quite a bit more than $500 from all accounts which fact won't thrill the PM whose personal intervention (according to RLW News) was promoted as an integral part of the Hawkes Bay stairway to beneficiary heaven. (Hey boy, she's pretty good eh? If she can get the World Cup for us then she'll have no worries getting you a viza. Eh! Just put your money over here.) She will feel undervalued.
Police and immigration officials on Wednesday found more than 50 people queuing at the Kauri St property, where Mr Fonua had allegedly been offering residency services to overstayers and those on soon-to-expire visas.
Police say Mr Fonua, who is also known as Muli Fonua, claimed he could "fast-track" their applications for a $500 fee.
He had left the premises before officers arrived.