NEW ZEALAND SEIZES PASSPORTS OF PACIFIC ISLANDERS

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand (February 26, 1999 - Radio Australia)---New Zealand authorities have seized the passports of more than 50 Pacific Islanders, mainly Tongans.

The move came as police launched a fraud probe into an immigration consultancy company run by a 35-year-old Auckland-based Tongan woman.

Police said immigrants complained they paid up to $4,200 for applications for visitor permit extensions or permanent residency authorizations, but the applications were never filed.

Police said no guarantees can be made on the long-term residency status of those involved, but the visitors will be able to stay in New Zealand while the investigation is carried out.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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