'Too Fat' Chef Can Stay in New Zealand —for Now
Albert Buitenhuis receives 23-month work visa
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2013 4:52 PM CDT

(Newser) – Good news for larger people with an affinity for the works of JRR Tolkien and Crowded House: Albert Buitenhuis, the South African chef facing deportation from New Zealand due to concerns that he was too overweight, has been given a visa. After a very public battle to stay in the country, Buitenhuis and his wife were finally granted 23-month work visas after the associate immigration minister stepped in to help them, reports Stuff.co.uk.

Buitenhuis says the news is "bittersweet." "We are really starting from scratch again," he says. "We have lost thousands of dollars fighting this and we don't know where we will live because our home is gone. I am glad the fight is over but I am still afraid of what lies ahead." Buitenhuis has now lost 77 pounds since arriving in the country, and plans to shed another 55 pounds.

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Sep 10, 2013 12:05 PM CDT
JRR Tolkien was English and two of the the three core members of Crowded House were Australian. Way to suck again.
Sep 10, 2013 12:55 AM CDT
I'm tired of health care and insurance costs being jacked up by fat people in the states....yeah some people are "genetically fat" or whatever, but you know there are hoards of gluttonous slobs eating and drinking their ways to expensive health care....grrr! Do fat people have to pay more for insurance in the US?
Sep 9, 2013 9:27 PM CDT
LO F'N L , You're dad's so fat Australia sent him home.... crikey.