A Fijian man wearing a hat, sunglasses and a scarf in a
bid to ''disguise his appearance'' allegedly tried to leave New
Zealand via Queenstown Airport on a false passport on Sunday
Senior Constable Chris Blackford said the 53-year-old man had
produced an Australian passport which had allegedly been
The man, listed as a welder from Auckland on court documents,
was charged with possessing an Australian passport obtained
by false representation.
''He's Fijian but the name on the passport is a very Anglo
Snr Const Blackford said the man was allegedly in New Zealand
illegally, after having already been deported to Fiji in the
He also faces an assault charge.
The man appeared in the Queenstown District Court yesterday
He was remanded in custody and taken to Invercargill Prison.
Court documents show a charge of assault with intent to
injure in relation to an incident in August last year, in
which a man was punched in the head and ribs.
When the man he appeared before a registrar yesterday, he was
remanded to April 28.
An Immigration New Zealand spokeswoman said it was aware of
the situation and wasinvestigating.