Police have ruled out extraditing Waikato yachtie Alan Langdon after he failed to appear in court this morning.
Langdon, 49, was last week charged with taking a child from New Zealand after allegedly fleeing with daughter, Que, 6, across the Tasman in his 6.1-metre catamaran.
He was scheduled to appear in Te Awamutu District Court this morning, but did not show up.
Waikato police Detective Sergeant Bill Crowe said they believe Langdon is still in Australia.
"New Zealand Police continues to liaise with Australian authorities about Mr Langdon," he said.
"When he returns to New Zealand he will be dealt with in respect to the arrest warrant.
As previously stated, the charge filed against Mr Langdon does not meet extradition requirements so this line of inquiry has not been pursued."
Langdon told Radio New Zealand that he is still in Australia and has no money to fly back for the court appearance.
Langdon said he was busy in Australia with quarantine for his boat and hasn't been served with a court summons.
"I have very little money and can't afford to travel."
He said he had repaired his rudder, and was now trying to get funds for stores, saying the "weather is in charge of my departure".
Que was reunited with her mother and the pair arrived back in New Zealand on January 19.
Although Langdon failed to show up to court, he had at least two supporters there.
One man, who declined to be named, said outside court that he was the best man at Langdon and estranged wife, Ariane Wyler's, registry wedding in Auckland in about 2000.
He said the pair met when Langdon was hitch-hiking around Golden Bay in the late '90s and he was picked up by Wyler. The pair hit it off from then, he said.
Langdon was known in the old days as ''Alan nine lives'', the man said.
"He used a couple of them up crossing the Tasman ... he's got some balls. He's known to do some crazy things."
He said he believed Langdon would be in Australia as he wouldn't have enough money to get on a flight back to New Zealand for the court appearance.
"He'll be in Australia, mate. How much money has he got left? His boat will be his only possession he's got left."
Another old school friend, who said Langdon would recognise him from his school name of David Sharp, also travelled down from Auckland to Te Awamutu with his partner and 6-year-old son to support him.
Sharp said he hadn't seen Langdon in about 20 years and wasn't surprised to hear he was involved in the transtasman story.
He said he met Langdon when he started at Otorohanga College in fourth form after Langdon had earlier completed correspondence school.