Coronavirus: Kiwi woman desperate to see her dying mother denied isolation exemption

A woman who has flown home to New Zealand from Perth to be with her dying mother says she is trapped and 'struggling" in mandatory isolation.

Hannah spoke to Magic Talk host Peter Williams on Tuesday and said this is likely her last chance to see her mother.

'My mum has been battling a heart condition for quite some time," she said.

"She's taken a turn for the worse."

Her mother has decided against further treatment and the hospital has allowed her to go home to Dannevirke to live out her last days surrounded by family - but Hannah is still in quarantine. 

"I want to be home with her...but I won't be released until not next Saturday but the one after," she said. 

Hannah has tried to apply for an exemption but "they don't make it easy".

"The only form that's available is a medical exemption to self isolate at a property rather than the hotel which I have applied for but been denied,"

"Nobody communicates with us, you just get an automated response back".

She says the nurses at the hotel have been supportive in trying to get her an exemption as they can see she's suffering - but time is running out.

"[My mum] is living out her last, well, hopefully not her last days because I want to be home with her."

Hannah is one of 24 people who have pleaded for exemptions to visit dying family members. 

On Monday Prime Minister Jacinda Arden ordered Health Minister David Clark to review all the cases after she mistakenly announced 18 people had been granted an exemption - the actual number is one.

That one person is Oliver Christiansen who had to go to court to be allowed.

Christiansen applied to the Ministry of Health for an exemption on compassionate grounds but was turned down three times. So he went to the top.

"The replies that I received from [Director-General of Health Dr] Ashley Bloomfield and the Prime Minister's office both just sent me back to that same Ministry of Health team that had already rejected me three times."

A High Court judge found the reasons for keeping Christiansen in quarantine were "legally flawed".