British woman Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull, also known as Posie Parker, is to be allowed into the country.
Parker is a campaigner for women’s rights under the banner of ‘Standing for Women‘, a global movement advocating for the use of the word ‘woman’ to mean an adult human female only. The movement has popularised the hashtag #LetWomenSpeak.
‘Without this word all of our rights and protections are lost. Our rights were never created for our “gender” but our sex.
‘Our sex is female. The sex that bears children. The sex that requires maternity rights, privacy rights, equality with the male sex in the work place, specific health care issues, reproductive rights, and so on. If our rights become dependent upon “gender” then they are no longer women’s rights, they are “feminine” rights.’
In a statement released this afternoon Immigration New Zealand general manager Richard Owen said, ‘After reviewing all publicly known information about Ms Keen-Minshull and seeking advice from other agencies we have concluded that there is no reason to believe that she is, or is likely to be, a threat or risk to the public order or public interest.’
Responding to the decision, Immigration Minister Michael Wood, who infamously labelled peaceful Parliament Protesters a ‘River of Filth’ said:
‘Like many New Zealanders I would prefer it if Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull never set foot in New Zealand. I find many of her views repugnant, and am concerned by the way in which she courts some of the most vile people and groups around including white supremacists,” he said in a statement.
‘The decision on whether to suspend her NZeTA sits with Immigration New Zealand and they have assessed that she meets the criteria set out in the Immigration Act and regulations. This assessment took into account the events in Melbourne that occurred last weekend. I have been advised that this case does not meet the threshold for ministerial intervention.
‘As we look towards her events for this coming weekend, the welfare and safety of our transgender community is front of mind. Event organisers maintain the primary responsibility to ensure they run a safe and secure event and police have advised they will also be in attendance to ensure public safety.’
Posie Parker will hold public rallies in Auckland and Wellington this weekend.