26 Oct 2009

Fiji High Court judge heads to New Zealand

11:23 am on 26 October 2009

A High Court judge in Fiji's interim government who claims she was denied a visa to bring her toddler to New Zealand for medical treatment will arrive with her son in Auckland today.

Anjala Wati claims her visa was initially declined because of her seat on the country's High Court.

New Zealand Immigration denied it declined the visa and said last week the that the application was still being assessed.

Members of Fiji's interim government are not allowed entry to New Zealand as part of sanctions imposed after the 2006 coup.

Judge Wati says she's relieved New Zealand has shown compassion towards her 20 month old son.

Anjala Wati says she will be meeting with doctors tomorrow, when a date for the eye operation will be decided.