A minor has been deported from Australia to New Zealand.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at the post-Cabinet media conference this afternoon that she had “only just been made aware” that there was a “minor” in a group of people deported from Australia to New Zealand.
The person involved is a 15-year-old boy who is understood to be the first minor deported to New Zealand from Australia, according to a report by Stuff.
Ardern has asked for a briefing on this issue from officials.
She wanted to go back and look at the circumstances of this deportation, she said at the post-Cabinet conference.
Ardern said she still does not agree with the deportation policy but she questioned whether it was appropriate if a minor was involved.
She said she would have expected care to have been taken if a minor was involved.
The situation would have been something officials would have been aware ofbut she does not get a breakdown each time people were deported, she said.
“At this point, those who need to know do,” she said on the issue.
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