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Arrest warrant for trans-Tasman yachtie

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/01/2017

A man wanted over a charge of illegally taking his daughter out of New Zealand and sailing to Australia says he never received a summons to court.

A warrant for the arrest of Alan Langdon, 49, has been issued after he failed to appear in Te Awamutu District Court on Wednesday.

Police said they had made efforts to serve Langdon with a summons after he allegedly took six-year-old Que on the voyage across the Tasman in a six-metre catamaran without the permission of the court.

The pair sailed from Kawhia Harbour in Waikato on December 17 and turned up in Ulladulla in New South Wales almost a month later.

Langdon had said he was originally heading to the Bay of Islands but damage to his rudder and unfavourable weather conditions forced him to make the 2200km journey across the Tasman Sea.

He told Radio NZ he had not received a summons and was busy tackling Australian quarantine paperwork and securing supplies.

"I am busy in Australia with quarantine for our boat. I have a legal obligation to take our vessel to Port Kembla," he said.

"I have very little money and can't afford to travel."

Police said they would not be extraditing Langdon to face court because his charge did not meet extradition requirements .

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