Fiji's interim Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum says he will be discussing with Frank Bainimarama New Zealand immigration's move to decline High Court judge Anjala Wati's visa.
New Zealand says it is still considering whether to approve the visa and a decision has not been made.
But Sayed Khaiyum said Wati was told in an interview last week that her visa was being declined because she is a High Court judge.
Wati applied for a medical visa to in order to take her 20 month old child for an urgent eye operation to prevent the permanent loss of eyesight in one eye and claims arrangements had been made with the Auckland Starship hospital.
In a statement issued from his office today, Sayed Khaiyum claims Wati was "advised in an undignified and disrespectful manner".
"Such interference by a neighbouring State in the Fijian judiciary is unacceptable by any world standard. We have long realised of course, that protestations or claims of unending friendship and of acting only in Fiji’s best interests, by our neighbours, have been hollow and meaningless," he said.
"Though we do not accept travel bans placed upon anyone in the Cabinet, the public service or the RFMF, a distinction is always to be drawn between the executive and the judiciary and other independent institutions. These institutions are separate and are independent of the executive, and should be so respected. This is an international norm."
"How would it be viewed by the New Zealand judiciary and government if their judges were prevented by Fiji from coming here with their families on holidays? Wouldn’t such a move be seen by the New Zealand government, the judiciary and the New Zealand people as an interference with their judicial independence? Most certainly it would be," Sayed Khaiyum said.
He called on New Zealand to cease interference with Fiji's judiciary saying "such a move which victimises not only a respected judge, but also her child, is shameful and must be universally condemned".