Immigration New Zealand made its decision on his application (despite his foreign convictions and despite his persona non grata status in Thailand) after officials used a special direction to waive "good character" requirements.

John Banks met Dotcom when he was Mayor of Auckland.

He asked Dotcom for help putting on a fireworks display in the city's harbour.

In 2013, Dotcom launched another cloud storage service called Mega, although he later severed all ties with the service in 2015.

Mega uses encryption to prevent government or third-party "spies" from invading users' privacy. At the time, he was living in Hong Kong, where he set up Megaupload.

He set up a network of interlinked companies, including Trendax, which he claimed was an artificial intelligence-driven hedge fund that delivered an annual return of at least 25%.

While living in Hong Kong, Dotcom visited New Zealand for 10 days in December 2008 and again for two months from August 2009.

In October 2014, it became public that on 10 September 2009, Dotcom had been caught driving at 149 km/h in a 50 km/h zone.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving, and on 14 September 2009, was convicted under his former name of Kim Schmitz.

It was anticipated that Dotcom would contribute to New Zealand through investment, consumption and philanthropic activities – he has given ,000 to the mayoral fund following the Christchurch earthquake, another ,000 to a rugby player who was left in a wheelchair after an on-field injury and funded a 0,000 fireworks display in Auckland harbour.