A UK family refused entry into New Zealand on humanitarian grounds - after their teenage son was killed in a speedboat accident - is speaking out for the first time since Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced authorities would be reviewing the situation.
Barbara Genda, the mother of 14-year-old Eddie Jarman, spoke to Newstalk ZB's Mike Hosking this morning.
It came after Ardern told the radio station on Monday that she has asked for a review of the decision to refuse the family entrance to New Zealand on their yacht.
"I have to say that when I'd first been in contact with the Herald newspaper, I had all but faint hope that even a message would get through to anyone," Genda said.
"So we are a little bit overwhelmed by the attention this case has brought in.
"Which makes me think that, unlike what we had felt before, that New Zealand people are not indifferent to our plight or plight of other sailors that are in a similar situation in terms of being confined within French Polynesia or other places in the South Pacific.
"For that, I'm grateful and hopeful that our case may actually bring to light the plight of many."
The family - including Genda's husband Henry Jarman and daughter Amelie Jarman, 13 - wanted to do so in order to sell their vessel in the hopes of returning home to the UK.
Their son and brother Eddie died in a tragic accident on August 9, on Mo'orea Island near Tahiti, when he was struck by a speedboat while checking an anchor.
The accident is currently the subject of a manslaughter investigation.
Henry Jarman acknowledged they had not yet heard from anyone official regarding their case to enter New Zealand shores; saying they had only been told via second-hand sources.
"We've heard only through second-hand sources that they are re-considering.
"But we're not quite sure under what circumstances - whether it's to do with compassionate grounds," he said.
"Your Prime Minister has obviously mentioned it and we are slightly hopeful, yes, we are hopeful that something will be done."
Since Ardern's announcement on radio earlier this week, the Ministry of Health has confirmed that it is reviewing the family's case "as a matter of urgency".
The ministry said it is still working on finalising options for the family, if any.
However, ministry officials had yet to touch base with the family, as of yesterday.