'I'll give climate refugee family a home'
Radio New Zealand International
September 27, 2015 6:12 pm
East Timor’s former president Jose-Ramos Horta is offering to give the Kiribati overstayer Ioane Teitiota a home and find him a job.
The United Nations special representative and East Timor’s former president Jose-Ramos Horta is offering to give the Kiribati overstayer Ioane Teitiota a home and find him a job.
Teitiota was deported from New Zealand last week after his claim to be the first climate change refugee was rejected by the Government.
His wife and three New Zealand-born children will be sent to Kiribati this week.
In a Facebook post, Mr Horta said he did not understand why New Zealand would do such a heartless thing.
He asked his friends to put him in touch with Mr Teitiota, and said he would pay his airfare to Timor-Leste .
Teitiota and his family can stay at his home while he finds him a job and a house, he said.
He said he would be happy to welcome the first ever climate refugee.