Seven Immigration staff fired - rest get lecture
By Lincoln Tan 4:00 AM Monday Jul 12, 2010 Facebook

Seven Immigration New Zealand staff have been dismissed. Photo / Martin SykesSeven Immigration New Zealand staff have been dismissed since January for breaching its code of conduct - and the agency's chief, Nigel Bickle, says this could shatter public confidence in its integrity.

In the latest dismissals, a border security staff member and a visa officer in New Delhi got their marching orders.

Mr Bickle has issued a memo to staff appealing to them to act lawfully, professionally and objectively in what they do.

"Incidents such as these are damaging to the organisation's values and to its reputation ... Integrity is regarded as the quality of having an intuitive sense of honesty and truthfulness in regard to the motivations of our actions," he said.

"As public servants ... we must at all times ensure that we act lawfully, professionally and objectively and ensure that our actions do not bring the department into disrepute or jeopardise its relationships with the Government, clients or the public."

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