Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters had what he called a "good news story" this morning - the 17-year-old New Zealander being held in an Australian detention centre for adults has been released.
"I did make it very clear to Australia we respect the UN convention and the boy was released yesterday and he's being escorted back to his family," Mr Peters told RNZ.
"I hope he uses this chance to turn his life around."
There are few details known about the child. He only came to the attention of media in May when Australian officials released figures showing there was a boy under the age of 18 among the 200 New Zealanders in detention in Australia.
He was being held in Melbourne, 12 hours' drive from his family.