Unlicenced advise case
A Samoan man from Porirua has pleaded not guilty to a charge of providing immigration advice without a licence.
Judge John Walker granted the man interim name suppression when he appeared in Porirua District Court on January 22.
The man faces 10 charges relating to immigration issues.
Among them is one of not holding a licence and accepting payment for the service he provided.
Defence lawyer Peter Foster said his client had been in New Zealand for more than 20 years and that the only thing he had done wrong was to operate without a licence.
Foster said the man had strong ties to both New Zealand and Samoa.
The crown prosecutor said the case was relatively serious, with some charges carrying a penalty of up to seven years’ imprisonment.
The man was remanded on bail until February 24.
The judge said he would consider the application for full name suppression and bail variations.
He said a decision on those issues would be made closer to the time when the man was next due to appear in court.
He first appeared on November 19.