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103 year old grandmother emigrates to New Zealand

A great-grandmother from the UK travelled over 11,000 miles to start a new life in Auckland.

Louise Sydes, 103, from Kent, made the decision after her nursing home was closed due to budget cuts.

Sydes was orgininally denied a long-term NZ visa and was instead offered a visitor’s visa lasting six months; however, her daughter, based in Auckland, approached New Zealand Immigration Minister Jonathon Coleman directly, who asked for Sydes’s passport to be delivered to him.

When it was returned, a three year visa was attached. Sydes said that she is looking forward to lots of nature walks and dining on the lamb.


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