Immigration & Protection Tribunal

The Immigration & Protection Tribunal hears and determines appeals concerning:

  • decisions about residence class visas
  • decisions about the recognition of a person as a refugee or protected person
  • liability for deportation
  • decisions to stop recognising a person as a refugee or protected person
  • decisions to cancel the recognition of a New Zealand citizen as a refugee or protected person.

The tribunal is administered by the Ministry of Justice. The tribunal is chaired by a District Court Judge appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Attorney-General. It has 18 members, appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister of Justice.

How long does it take to get a decision?

Residence appeals

The Tribunal is currently taking an average of 7 months to determine a residence appeal.

Deportation non-resident (humanitarian) appeals

These appeals are generally being determined within 2 to 4 months after the Tribunal receives them. Send any supporting or submissions to the Tribunal as soon as you can.

Members of the tribunal

Chair

Judge Peter Spiller

Members

  • Martin Treadwell (Deputy Chair)
  • S Aitchison
  • M Avia
  • B Burson
  • A Clayton
  • A Davidson
  • B Dingle
  • J Donald
  • P Fuiava
  • M Martin
  • A Molloy
  • L Moor
  • S Pearson
  • Z Pearson
  • V Shaw
  • D Smallholme
  • V Vervoort
  • L Wakim

Complaints

Any complaint made about a member of the tribunal will be considered by the Chair of the tribunal. Complaints made about the Chair will be considered by the Chief District Court Judge (because the Chair of the tribunal is a District Court Judge).

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