The New Zealand Herald revealed recently that Mr Thiel – a donor to Donald Trump’s election campaign – has been a New Zealand citizen since June 2011, prompting questions over whether he spent the required amount of time living here.
Normally a permanent resident has to spend more than 70 percent of their time in New Zealand over five years before they can apply for citizenship.
The Department of Internal Affairs refused to say how many days the entrepreneur spent in the country when he was granted citizenship, but documents released by the Department this evening showed he visited the country four times.
They revealed Internal Affairs recommended Mr Thiel should be granted citizenship under exceptional circumstances, because of…
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