My 16-year-old nephew is living with me in QLD now at the request of his mother. Both parents live in New Zealand and his mother has signed a temporary guardianship letter. Although the father has verbally consented, he has chosen not to sign any documents. There have been threats made by the father's family to have the boy declared kidnapped and forcibly returned to New Zealand. My question is whether the extended family can initiate such a process or if only the parents can. The other question I had was whether, at the age of 16, he has the right to choose where he lives. I do know that NZ law states he can choose to move out of the home and live wherever he likes, however, it's not clear if that jurisdiction applies to leaving the country.