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Are you asking whether your not having paid child maintenance for your son would preclude you from applying for a visitor's visa or other more permanent form of visa?
Are there any criminal charges/convictions outstanding?
I should caution that this is a UK forum and there is no NZ law section on this site.
Do you have any criminal convictions here or in NZ?
Do you know if any civil claim has been made against you in NZ?
The UK is one of the visa-waiver countries for NZ. Meaning that if you are only to visit for a period of 6 months or less you would not need to apply for a visa. You would however need to show evidence of 1) travel tickets or evidence of onward travel arrangements and 2) evidence of funds for maintenance or of sponsorship (essentially showing you have enough money to accommodate/support yourself there during your stay.
Like in the UK a visa would be granted at Customs, but these things are always discretionary. In the UK the immigration officials only exercise their discretion if they are aware of serious outstanding criminal charges or that they suspect the person will seek to stay in the UK permanently.
I doubt that the child maintenance issue would prevent you from being issued a visa. To be safe I would advise that you apply for a visitor's visa from the NZ embassy here before you travel, notwithstanding that the UK is a visa waiver country. You can contact them and explain your position stating that you have settled the dispute but are just prudent in nature and do not wish to travel without having a visa. They should accommodate you in this regard. THe UKBA does in similar circumstances.
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If you google new zealand credit check, there will be providers for new zealand. Any judegment, I presume, would be noted against your file in the same way it would in the UK.
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