The tense conversation was over a character reference letter.

Text from Richie Hardcore to Jacinda Ardern over Czech drug smuggler Karel Sroubek released

The October 30, 2018 correspondence has been made public under the Official Information Act.

File-In this Dec. 13, 2018, file photo, teen migrants walk in line inside the Tornillo detention camp in Tornillo, Texas. Government investigators say many more migrant children may have been separated from their parents than the Trump administration has acknowledged.  (AP Photo/Andres Leighton, File)

Thousands more kids separated from parents at US border than first thought, watchdog suspects

The number is certainly larger than the 2737 listed by the government in court documents, an official said.

Teacher with autistic son fears life on solo parent benefit in immigration wait

The teacher in Wellington is waiting to see if her parents can join her.

National blames 'the dark hand of NZ First' for sharp drop in skilled immigrants

The number of unskilled workers arriving in New Zealand has increased, while skilled workers have decreased.

Over 4500 people excluded from entering New Zealand last year

More than 3000 were prevented from even boarding their plane to NZ.

The case raises wider questions about migrant exploitation at a time when many industries face labour shortages.

Immigration NZ to help 23 Chinese workers left jobless and homeless in Auckland

The Government is set to introduce tougher checks for employers looking to hire multiple migrants.

Auckland cityscape at night from the Viaduct Harbor marina with the business district skyline in the background in New Zealand largest city

New Zealand's population fast approaching 5 million

The country's population increases by one person every five minutes and 26 seconds.

They pride themselves on having better work stories.

Watch: Auckland police taking Mandarin classes to better engage with growing Chinese population

The officers are also learning about Chinese culture as part of their lessons, including lucky numbers and etiquette during home visits.

Joy for woman previously denied visa to stay in NZ

Shyamal Patel, who has a masters from IPU in Palmerston North, was baffled when Immigration NZ rejected her bid to stay in the country.

Mortuary employees carry the body of Jakelin Caal Maquin after her remains were repatriated to Guatemala, at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. Caal Maquin, 7, died in a Texas hospital two days after being taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Body of migrant child, 7, who died in US custody returned home to Guatemala

Placed in a small coffin, Jakelin Caal was handed over to family members for a last goodbye.

Arrivals (file picture).

Immigration NZ staff don't know when to prioritise cases - review

The review was spurred on by the case of Mark Middleton, who was told he'd be kicked out of NZ after living here for 56 years.

The Karel Sroubek saga has been a headache for Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.

Immigration NZ told of Karel Sroubek's 2009 visit to Czech Republic six years ago

The Immigration Minister was not told of the drug smuggler's journey when making a decision on his residency application.

The National Party released parts of the phone conversation to media today.

Karel Sroubek hits back at claims he threatened estranged wife in phone recording

This week National released parts of a recording Sroubek made to his estranged wife from prison.

Simon Bridges said the Speaker was protecting the PM during Question Time today.

New Zealand to back non-binding UN migration agreement

Winston Peters said claims that the deal would undermine national sovereignty are "falsehoods".

Man charged with human trafficking and slavery in Hawke's Bay is named

Immigration New Zealand says the arrests come after two years of detailed investigation work.

Tourist at airport (file picture).

UN pact to increase global cooperation on migration not in New Zealand's interest - Simon Bridges

He told TVNZ1's Q+A National are very much open about open migration.

Watch: Winston Peters slams National's track record on immigration in heated exchange with Paula Bennett

The discussion revolved around the current Immigration Minister's handling of a Czech drug smuggler's case.

“I’m not going to run away from this,” Iain Lees-Galloway tells Breakfast of the controversial Karel Sroubek case.

Should he resign? Immigration Minister and his predecessor butt heads over Czech convict firestorm

Iain Lees-Galloway says he won't run away from the Karel Sroubek controversy.

The National Party leader said officials are being thrown "under the bus" over the Karel Sroubek.

Immigration Minister's 'got to go' because of Czech drug smuggler case, says Simon Bridges

Iain Lees-Galloway's apology to the Prime Minister isn't enough, says the National Party leader.

The Immigration Minister says new information has changed his mind.

Czech drug smuggler Karel Sroubek now liable for deportation, says Immigration Minister

The findings into the residency application of Karel Sroubek were released today.


Immigration NZ extends review of minister's Karel Sroubek decision

The new extension pushes the deadline out to at least a month.

Jack Tame questioned why the Immigration Minister made the hardest decision of his career, without reading all the notes.

Acting Prime Minister defends Iain Lees-Galloway’s one-hour decision on Karel Sroubek

Kelvin Davis read all the information for the toughest decision of his political career. But when quizzed on the one-hour Karel Sroubek call, he changed tack.

Czech drug smuggler Karel Sroubek hits out, following immigration controversy, Paula Bennett's comments

"Much of what has been said about me and my circumstances does not present the true picture," he says.

New photos show Mr Sroubek wasn’t laying low in New Zealand.

Czech drug smuggler who claimed danger if deported was on show as a New Zealand Weddings winner

"I eventually opted for a navy suit made from Italian wool," Karel Sroubek told New Zealand Weddings.

Karel Sroubek was jailed for five-years and nine months for importing ecstasy.

National calling for Immigration Minister to resign after new information emerges about Czech man given NZ residency

Karl Sroubek was subject for deportation after entering the country under a false identity, but has been granted residency.

“This was a very difficult decision, and it doesn’t happen often,” Jacinda Ardern told Breakfast.

Jacinda Ardern defends decision not to deport Czech drug smuggler - 'There's other information, obviously'

"Someone with this kind of offending to their name would usually be a quite straight forward deportation," she said.

After years of successive governments touting regional growth initiatives, it’s not just the cities growing anymore.

Every region in NZ sees population boost for first time in eight years

After successive governments touting regional growth initiatives, it's not just the cities growing anymore.

Pretty Hser with her husband and three sons.

Language barrier stopped refugee mum-of-three, who died suddenly, from getting mental health support

Refugees are having to wait months for support services, the New Zealand Myanmar Ethnics Council says.

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