11 Jun 2015

Supreme Court to hear climate refugee's appeal

5:55 pm on 11 June 2015

The Supreme Court is set to hear an application for an appeal by a climate refugee seeking asylum in New Zealand.

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Kiribati Photo: AFP / SPC

Ioane Teitiota has been battling deportation to Kiribati since 2011, when he overstayed his visa.

He argued he faces indirect persecution from global warming in his home country.

In a decision released by the Supreme Court yesterday, it ordered Mr Teitiola to file and serve submissions in support of his application for leave to appeal by 26 June.

It said the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment must file and serve its submissions by 3 July.

The Supreme Court will then decide on a date for the hearing.