Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


50-50 split for passenger clearance costs

16 December 2004

50-50 split for passenger clearance costs cautiously supported by tourism industry

The Tourism Industry Association represents 3500 businesses and organisations within the tourism industry. Members include airlines, airport companies, and regional tourism organisations, rental car, coach and taxi companies, inbound tour operators, accommodation providers, tourism attractions, researchers, training organisations and tourism services providers.

Tourism is New Zealand’s largest export earner – accounting for 17.8% of this country’s export earnings. The Tourism Industry Association organises the New Zealand Tourism Conference, TRENZ and the New Zealand Tourism Awards. Go to

The tourism industry is supportive in principle of a 50/50 government/industry split in the funding of passenger clearance services at the country’s seven international airports, says Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIANZ) Chief Executive, Fiona Luhrs.

Commenting on yesterday’s Media Statement by Finance Minister the Hon Dr Michael Cullen, Ms Luhrs says this split will provide an opportunity to put the funding of passenger clearance services such as customs, aviation security and biosecurity on a more sustainable footing.

“Until recently, passenger services at the border have been under-funded and investment in border infrastructure has not kept pace with the growth in the number of passengers travelling in and out of New Zealand. Our borders are the first introduction our visitors have to New Zealand and its people, and processing standards must ensure that passengers are processed in an efficient, timely and friendly manner.

We are quietly confident this review can lead to the funding of border services that are either consistent with or exceed that of other high quality destinations around the world,” says Ms Luhrs. At the same time, Ms Luhrs says there are still a number of issues to work through with officials next year.

These include: how costs would be allocated across airports, how performance and service costs would be monitored, and how services would be funded to reflect the 24 hours a day/seven days a week nature of an airport business. TIANZ also favours provisions to enable the funding of public services at new airports where it is in the national interest to do so.

“The devil is very much in the detail. We look forward to continuing our discussions with officials in 2005 to come up with policies that can fairly and sustainably fund quality passenger clearance services into the future,” says Ms Luhrs.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


MPI: Dry Autumn In Waikato And South Auckland Leads To Drought Classification Drought conditions affecting the primary sector in the Waikato and South Auckland were today classified as a medium-scale adverse event, enabling a package of support for farmers and growers... More>>

Commerce Commission: Invites Feedback On Its Initial Views Of Wellington Airport’s Pricing Decisions

The Commerce Commission is inviting feedback on its initial views, released today, about Wellington Airport’s pricing decisions for specified airport services, such as aircraft parking or airfield and passenger terminal charges, for the period 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2024... More>>

Government: Lower Card Fees On Way For Business, Consumers

A Bill to help lower the fees charged when credit and debit transactions are made, will save New Zealand businesses around $74 million a year... More>>

Barfoot & Thompson: Rents Up By Around 3% In Most Areas

The average weekly rent paid for homes in most areas of Auckland has risen by around 3 percent year-on-year. The figures for end March from more than 16,000 properties... More>>

DoC: Smeagol The ‘Gravel Maggot’ Leaves Its Rare Mark On The Remote West Coast
An extremely rare species of sea slug or ‘gravel maggot’ has been detected for the first time on a remote beach in South Westland... More>>

Immigration: Annual Net Migration Loss Of 7,300

The provisional net loss of 7,300 people in the year ended March 2022 was the lowest net migration for a March year since 2012, Stats NZ said today... More>>