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Yachtie's daughter returns to New Zealand

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/01/2017

A young girl taken to Australia by her father, sparking a month-long search by police in New Zealand and overseas, has return home with her mother.

Que Langdon, six, spent a month on a six-metre catamaran with her father Alan Langdon, travelling from Waikato's Kawhia Harbour to Ulladulla, on the New South Wales coast.

The pair were last seen in New Zealand on December 17, prompting wide scale coast and sea searches.

Mr Langdon and his daughter were located by authorities in Australia last week.

He has been charged by New Zealand police with illegally taking his daughter out of the country.

The 49-year-old, who has remained in Australia, has a court date in Te Awamutu District Court next week.

Que touched down at Auckland airport with her mother on Thursday morning.

"I'm very happy to be reunited and I look forward to spending some quality time with my daughter," Ms Wyler told reporters on their return.

"I just look forward to some fun activity, physical stuff, water activities."

The little girl, who was born in Palau but is an Australian citizen, clutched a teddy bear and hid shyly behind her mother while she spoke to waiting media.

Ms Wyler indicated she had been told not to comment further on their return to New Zealand.

She was reunited with her daughter in Ulladulla on Sunday after 22 months apart.

Child recovery expert Col Chapman, who was hired by Ms Wyler, helped her take back her daughter.

"It was beautiful, like something off TV. Que couldn't believe that her mother materialised out of nowhere ...there was tears, they were both crying," Mr Chapman told NZ Newswire of the reunion.

"Ariane asked if we could take her. She's not breaking any laws - it's not perhaps normal process but I said absolutely, pick her up, let's go."

Mr Langdon reportedly responded by travelling to Melbourne to file court documents seeking that Que be allowed to remain with him in Australia.

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