11 Jul 2008

New Zealand Government makes exception to Fiji travel ban

6:14 pm on 11 July 2008

The New Zealand Government has made an exception to the travel sanctions applying to members of Fiji's interim administration to allow the daughters of a military officer who need to visit their seriously ill brother.

A naval officer Keveli Namatalevu's son, Osea, who is studying in New Zealand, needs a bone marrow transplant but his two sisters had not been able to enter New Zealand.

According to Fiji Live, the regime's spokesman, Major Neumi Leweni, says medical authorities want the girls to be in New Zealand immediately because the treatment is urgent.

He says the Government is helping to raise funds to assist the family.

A New Zealand Government official says the relevant ministers agreed to make the exemption.

Osea is understood to have been awarded a scholarship to study in New Zealand before he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma.