A Wanaka woman says she felt humiliated after being ejected from Queenstown District Court for breastfeeding her baby.
Catherine Owen, sitting in the public gallery on Tuesday, was breastfeeding her 17-week-old girl Brianny when Judge Kevin Phillips ordered senior constable Chris Blackford to get her out.
“I’m not at all happy about a mother breastfeeding in court,” Judge Phillips fumed.
“It’s not a place for this to occur.”
Owen’s baby was not crying or making a sound when she was ejected.
“I was pretty embarrassed,” she says.
“It was the manner in which it was done that bothered me.”
A Ministry of Justice spokesman says judges are entitled to remove breastfeeding mums from court.
“Judges have the authority to run their courtroom in a manner they consider appropriate to the administration of justice. It is a wide power.”