Juliana's battle to stay in New Zealand was successful, after the request for special directions, the Associate Minister of Immigration, Hon Poto Williams, decided to grant her residency. She won a battle, but the war to end systemic discrimination continues. Juliana's advocacy alongside other migrants affected by the policy led to the creation of Migrants Against the Acceptable Standard of Health Aotearoa (MAASHA). MAASHA is a collective led by migrants and refugees, campaigning to end disability and health-related discrimination in Aotearoa New Zealand’s immigration system. We call for the Government to end the Acceptable Standard of Health (ASH) requirements and to remove the legal restrictions which allow migrants’ human rights to be violated.
If you need assistance and are facing health or disability related discrimination in the NZ immigration system, visit endashnow.wordpress.com and we will assist you at no cost. MAASHA challenges the systems that devalue all the migrants, refugees and families who the Government treats as expensive burdens rather than valued human beings. We strive to support and build community around people and families currently facing ASH discrimination.