(1) On the application of a party to a proceeding before a New Zealand court, the court may, if it is satisfied that the necessary facilities and equipment are available, or can reasonably be made available, and that evidence or submissions in the proceeding could more conveniently be given or made from Australia, direct that evidence be given from Australia, or submissions be made from Australia, by video link or telephone conference.
(2) Unless the New Zealand court otherwise orders, the costs incurred in giving evidence or making submissions by video link or telephone conference and transmitting the evidence or submissions, in accordance with a direction given under subsection (1), must be paid by the applicant.
(3) The New Zealand court may make an order specifying the amount payable by a party under subsection (2), and requiring the party to pay that amount.
(4) An order made under subsection (3) by a court which does not have the power to enforce its orders may be filed in any District Court and, when filed, is enforceable as a judgment of the District Court.
Compare: 1994 No 31 s 19