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Members of Queenstown’s migrant community will come together for a candlelight vigil on the resort’s waterfront today to assert their right to stay in New Zealand.
Organiser Ryann Lourenco said he expected at least 75 people, including some from Southland, to gather on Marine Parade at 5.30pm.
The vigil was one of several throughout the country being organised by the Federation of Aotearoa Migrants to take place at the same time.
"What we are asking for is the right to stay permanently in New Zealand, and to bring the families of those migrant workers who are separated," Mr Lourenco said.
Many highly skilled migrants came to New Zealand last year, including doctors, nurses and engineers, in the expectation their families would be able to join them a few months later, "but it never happened".
His personal opinion was the Government had used Covid-19 as a partial excuse for not allowing the families into the country.
The vigil is one of six being held throughout the country.
The federation will also holding a protest outside Parliament tomorrow, just before a general debate on immigration.