2 Jul 2019

Hague Convention: What does it mean for NZers?

From Morning Report, 8:35 am on 2 July 2019

A New Zealand mother who was forced into hiding to escape her abusive Australian partner is now back in this country with her child after a rare win in the Australian courts.

The mother had fled Australia after she and her daughter suffered physical violence, but she was forced to go back, under the Hague Convention - an agreement signed in 1980 which requires abducted children to be returned to their place of habitual residence.

Gina Masterton is a lawyer and PhD student at Griffith University in Queensland and has been studying the Hague Convention and its effect on New Zealanders.