Too fat for New Zealand: Obese man faces deportation

Albert Buitenhuis, who weighs 130kg, was refused his latest work visa by Immigration New Zealand (INZ) on health grounds.

INZ said Mr Buitenhuis's application for an Essential Skills work visa was declined because he "no longer had an acceptable standard of health" and could cost New Zealanders too much in medical treatment.

Mr Buitenhuis and his wife Marthie have been in New Zealand since October 2007 on a number of visitor and working visas and claim "not a word" was said about his weight before.

"They could have said that when I first applied for a visa. Six years down the line it's not fair to me," Mr Buitenhuis told TV3's Firstline.

But INZ said the issues had not surfaced before because there were varying standards of medical testing for different visas, and when Mr Buitenhuis applied for residency he was subjected to more stringent examinations.

Those examinations found him too unhealthy to qualify for residency.