in transtasman court case
Two Australian-born girls involved in a transtasman parental dispute have been allowed to stay in Aotearoa after learning to love their Māori heritage.
Sisters Ginny and Della Mercer*, now both in their mid-teens, were born in Australia to an Australian mother and a Kiwi father who separated when the girls were small.
The father, Piripi Mercer*, returned to New Zealand permanently but the girls remained living in Australia with their mother.
They travelled to New Zealand to spend time with their father during their school holidays.
Link to article: Teen girls choose Māoritanga over Australian birthplace in transtasman court case - NZ Herald