A regional medical practice closed its doors to new patients after losing a doctor due to immigration issues.
Last year, the Government suspended Expressions of Interest selections for the skilled migrant category, because of Covid-19.
After waiting a year for things to change, Ōtaki GP Harding Richards gave up and returned to Wales.
He had more than 1300 registered patients.
Ōtaki Medical Centre chief executive Kiwa Raureti joined Kerre McIvor.