British actor Hugh Laurie has taken a swipe at New
Zealand immigration authorities for "impertinence" - but the
agency says it has no record of any interaction with the star
over a visa application.
The actor and musician, best known for his television role as
curmudgeonly doctor House, is due to perform in New Zealand
in April with his blues group the Copper Bottom Band.
He posted a triple-tweet missive aimed at Immigration New
Zealand on Twitter overnight.
"The impertinence of NZ's immigration authorities is
eye-watering. Will I send them personal letters as evidence
of the state of my marriage," he posted.
"No I f***ing won't.
"Luckily I found this: 'dear applicant, marry me for 25 years
so one day we can scam a 3 day trip to Auckland. Yours etc.'
Immigration New Zealand area manager Michael Carley said
there had been no interaction with Laurie or his wife, Jo
Green, over a visa application.
"Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has checked with its offices
in London and Los Angeles and there are no records to
indicate that there has been any interaction with Hugh Laurie
over any visa application for him or his wife.
"Although Mr Laurie needs a work visa for his planned shows
in New Zealand his wife as a British citizen does not need a
visitor visa if she is planning to stay here less than six
"It is important to stress that NZ would not require any
evidence from the couple about the genuineness of their
relationship as part of Mr Laurie's work visa application."
Mr Carley said INZ had now received an email from Laurie's
agent in Australia requesting information about the visa
application process for him to come to New Zealand.
"The requested information about the cost and process was
duly provided and an application from Mr Laurie will be
processed in the usual way."
Laurie's band is due to perform at The Civic in Auckland on
April 15 and the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington on April
He had earlier spoken of his excitement at coming to New
"We're all thrilled to be coming to New Zealand to perform. I
love the country, and the band loves air miles. We're going
to put on a terrific show. I might wear a kilt," he said.