Little pumpkin thriving in new home

Qian Xun Xue, the little girl abandoned by her father at a Melbourne train station last year is thriving in her new home in China, her grandmother says.

Qian Xun Xue, the little girl abandoned by her father at a Melbourne train station after the death of her mother last year is thriving in her new home in China, her maternal grandmother says.

The father, self-professed martial arts expert Nai Yin Xue, 53, is awaiting trial in Auckland, charged with murdering his wife in September last year.

An An Liu, was found dead in a car boot at their Auckland home.

Xue was captured in the United States in February after an international manhunt. His trial is expected in the High Court at Auckland next year.

Meanwhile, Qian is happy with her mother's family in China and is due to start school next year, the Dominion Post reported.

"She's been to her Mum's grave to pay her respects," said National MP Pansy Wong, who keeps in regular contact with the family. "She understood what happened. She's a very mature and sensible young girl."

But a $NZ40,000 ($A32,890) trust fund for Qian Xun, set up by her half-sister Grace Xue and donated by concerned New Zealanders and Australians, is languishing in New Zealand, with all but one trustee having stepped down.

The bulk of the $US10,000 ($A15,230) reward promised to Qian by the group who captured her fugitive father has also not reached the family.

Ms Wong said Madame Liu had not received any money, but the family were not asking for it.

She understood Madame Liu had not refused money, but wanted to be clear about the conditions of its donation.

A spokeswoman from trustee John Gray's law firm said the other trustees of the Little Pumpkin Trust - Grace Xue, Roger Douglas and Jock Irvine - had resigned from the trust.

She said the money was safe and gaining interest in a bank account, but said Dr Gray was anxious to see it delivered to Qian as soon as she wanted it.

Ms Wong said Qian's family wanted to give her privacy, but also wanted to express their gratitude to New Zealanders for their support and agreed to provide a photo of the little girl in China.

"She wants people to know she's doing well."

Source AAP

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