Google boss Larry Page secured New Zealand residency under wealthy investor category

By RNZ

Immigration officials have confirmed Google co-founder Larry Page applied for New Zealand residency under a category for wealthy investors.

This week it was revealed the American billionaire travelled here from Fiji earlier this year because his child needed medical treatment.

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) said Page submitted his application under the investor plus category in November 2020.

It could not be processed until he entered the country, so it was approved in February.

The investor plus category requires applicants to invest at least $10 million in New Zealand over three years.

INZ said the application included the necessary documentation and was assessed as meeting immigration requirements.

No investments were detailed, but a Page-backed company is bankrolling the Wisk pilot-less air taxi, currently being developed at a site near Christchurch.

Page arrived in Auckland with his child in January after the Ministry of Health approved a request for a medevac flight.

Health Minister Andrew Little confirmed in Parliament earlier this week the application met all the necessary requirements.

The day after the application was received, a New Zealand air ambulance headed to Fiji.

On arrival, Page and his child were taken to an isolation area in the hospital.

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