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Plea to see sons

Litia Vulaidausiga
Monday, August 18, 2014

DESPERATE to make contact with her two young sons, a Suva woman has started a public appeal to be reunited with her New Zealand- based children.

In 2011, Mable Whippy migrated with her elder son and now-estranged husband to Auckland, where she delivered their second child.

Following a series of altercations and a failed application for residency under the Victims of Domestic Violence category, she returned to Fiji in June last year, four months pregnant, after her work visa expired.

Over a year later and allegedly at the mercy of the estranged father of her children, she begs for contact.

"I recently applied for a visa with New Zealand Immigration, which got declined again and now this is my only way of getting heard as a mother," she lamented.

"I have carried, gone through childbirth, loved, cared and sat up at night for both of these boys but now my right as a mother to them has been stripped just because I don't have status in New Zealand. I don't see that as humane at all."

A statement from Immigration New Zealand's area manager Michael Carley said they fully took into account that Ms Whippy had two New Zealand citizen children.

"But the Victims of Domestic Violence instructions have very specific qualifying requirements and the presence or absence of New Zealand citizen children cannot override these requirements" he said.

"Immigration New Zealand recognises that Ms Whippy is in a difficult position but wishes to reiterate that all her visa applications have been very carefully considered and assessed against existing policy."

Shrugging off the spotlight of publicity, Ms Whippy said this was a mother showing her children the lengths she would go just to hear their voices or even more so, to see them again.

"My oldest will be turning four on the 27th of this month. Another birthday that I will have to miss and only to be reminded that I gave birth to him on that day but he might not even know me."

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