10 Nov 2009

French military evacuates NZ high commissioner in Cook Islands

9:39 am on 10 November 2009

The French High Commission in French Polynesia says a military aircraft flew the New Zealand high commissioner in the Cook Islands, Tia Barrett, for urgent medical care to Auckland.

In a statement, it says Mr Barrett suffered from a heart problem at the weekend and needed a quick transfer to New Zealand.

It says the New Zealand authorities contacted the French authorities at 11 o'clock on Saturday night and three hours later a special French military took off for the medivac.

It says Mr Barrett is now in hospital care in Auckland.