20 Oct 2009

Fiji judge's visa being assessed - immigration boss

9:05 pm on 20 October 2009

The New Zealand Immigration Service has confirmed a judge in Fiji has not been denied a visa and her application is still being assessed.

Fiji's interim Attorney-General Sayed Kaiyum claims Family Court judge Anjala Wati had been seeking to bring her toddler to New Zealand for an urgent eye operation.

But he says Ms Wati was told in a letter that her visa application had been rejected.

However, the head of Immigration New Zealand, Andrew Annakin, says no suggestion was made at the time of the inquiry that immediate travel was required to obtain medical treatment for a child and prevent the loss of sight in one eye.

Mr Annakin says although New Zealand maintains travel restrictions against some people following the coup in December 2006, it has shown consistent flexibility where humanitarian, medical or compassionate grounds have been substantiated.