Immigration New Zealand has granted former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson a special permit to apply to enter New Zealand.
This comes despite his rape conviction, after being sentenced to six years in prison in 1992 for the rape of an 18-year-old woman in the US.
The controversial boxer is set to speak at the Day of Champions in Auckland on November 15.
He could still be denied a visa, with immigration laws stipulating no one who has been sentenced to five years or more in prison can be given one.
However, Immigration New Zealand has confirmed Tyson has been granted a "special direction" allowing him to apply for a visa.
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