"We do understand each other in a way that nobody else does."
His mother said she knew from past experience it could take months to find a replacement school.
"For me, I don't have autism, I do not suffer from autism - I'm tangata whaitakiwātanga, an autistic person."
"A diagnosis at 18 months is good... but do not have support for another 12 months after that is ridiculous."
"We need to give these children a break because they're trying to be the square peg fitting into a round hole."
"I was going into the Ministry of Education saying 'my son's going to explode' - and then he exploded."
Judge Andrew Becroft intervened in the case after the boy wrote to him.
Autistic children face a tough enough future without other people adding to that, writes Mark Longley.
"It's just hitting a brick wall every time - it's exhausting."