Russell Blackstock is a senior reporter at the Weekend Herald and Herald on Sunday.

Thane Kirby gets daughters back from Australia after ex Sophia Nash took them out of the country

Thane Kirby and Sophia Nash. Sophia Nash left the country with their kids aged 4 and 5. Photo / Supplied
Thane Kirby and Sophia Nash. Sophia Nash left the country with their kids aged 4 and 5. Photo / Supplied

The two young daughters of troubled former Auckland model Sophia Nash are back in New Zealand with their father.

Radio DJ Thane Kirby was devastated when his estranged wife Nash left the country last month taking their kids, aged 4 and 5, with her.

Nash - who recently came clean about her high-profile battle with alcoholism - had been due to appear in the Auckland District Court on charges of theft, driving while disqualified and breaching a community-work order.

The absence of Nash meant a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Nash took the children to an undisclosed location in Australia and later claimed to a Woman's Day she had been falsely accused of theft.

It is understood George FM presenter Kirby flew to Australia last week to bring his daughters home to Auckland.

He posted on his Facebook page today he was grateful to his supporters for their help during a difficult time. On his Snapchat account he also posted a short video of himself and his daughters visiting an Auckland shopping mall.

"I just want to say thank you for all your support over the last month," Kirby wrote. " It's been a really tough time on our family.

"I'm happy to report the girls are back and are happy to be home. Their first week of school went really well.

" Again a big thanks for your positive comments and thoughts and to everyone who helped along the way."

Last month Kirby posted he was devastated when Nash left New Zealand with the girls.

He added he was "kinda powerless to do anything other than put this matter in the hands of my lawyer, police and cyfs. ...I am just wishing for my girls to come home as quickly as possible so we can put this terrible period behind us once and for all."

It is alleged that on February 24, Nash, 27, stole a pink and yellow Christian Dior handbag from the Salvation Army store in Mt Eden. Police said the defendant was then caught driving on Dominion Rd while disqualified; a charge she has faced at least twice before.

- NZ Herald

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