Kiwis Set to Get Their 10-Year Passports Back
The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming reports that New Zealanders are soon to get their 10-year passports back, but says that a 10-year passport does not justify the hike in fees being hinted at by the Prime Minister. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:
"If the validity of Kiwi passports is doubled to 10 years, our report on the cost of New Zealand passports shows that a price hike is still unjustified."
"Even at the current price, New Zealanders would still pay more for a 10-year passport than the average citizen in our trading partners."
"Last year we exposed the Government for sitting on a whopping surplus from passport fees. Passport fees should be set to recover the cost and not a dollar more. If Mr Key is being advised that a price hike is needed, clearly New Zealand officials are doing a much poorer job than our trading partners in running an efficient operation that allows citizens the basic ability to travel."