Iosefa Collins v Debbie Latu [2016] NZFC 2856

Published 01 August 2016

Application for order preventing child’s removal — Care of Children Act 2004, s 77. Father’s application for order preventing the child’s removal from New Zealand was dismissed. There was no evidence the mother intended to travel for the purposes of defeating the father’s day-to-day care or contact with the child (s 77(2)), and the travel was beneficial for family and cultural reasons. Judge recognised the law requires parents and guardians to consult, which the mother had failed to do in previous instances of travel. **Note: names have been changed to comply with legal requirements.