Auckland Airport – June 2010

I was returning from a six month teaching stint at a school in the UAE. I have been a New Zealand citizen since 2010 and was using my New Zealand passport.

At the arrival check, the agent checking my passport was all smiles but then instead of letting me move on as all the European Kiwis were being allowed to do he asked me to go to a separate room on the right for more questioning. The agent there asked me a few questions – very nicely and politely, and then wondered why I had been sent here before letting me go.

The only explanation I can give for my treatment was that I had a Muslim name and/or brown skin.

It is not a good feeling when you are treated with suspicion in-spite of having a New Zealand passport. It makes you feel that you do not really belong.