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Year at the Border report published

18 JANUARY 2017
Year at the Border report published

The work of Immigration New Zealand’s Border Operations team is showcased in the latest Year at the Border annual report, which features some fascinating facts and figures as well as a number of case studies.

During the 2015/16 financial year:
• 5.9 million passengers arrived in New Zealand, an increase of 9 per cent on the previous year
• 2,930 people were prevented from boarding a flight to New Zealand
• 1,371 people were refused entry on arrival in New Zealand.

INZ’s National Manager, Border, Senta Jehle, says the report illustrates the skills and experience of staff in facilitating the entry of genuine travellers, while protecting New Zealand’s borders from people who pose a risk.

“Screening for and managing risk at the earliest point of a passenger’s journey remains a real priority for us,” Ms Jehle says. “To this end we have increased the number of frontline staff and strengthened our security and ICT systems.

“The increasing passenger volumes and international environment will continue to challenge us all to be increasingly innovative and connected to ensure the most effective border processes possible into the future.”

The report also shows how closely INZ works with its partner agencies, including the New Zealand Customs Service, the Ministry for Primary Industries and the New Zealand Police.

A copy of the report is available here.

For further information contact the media line on 0274 422 141 or email media@mbie.govt.nz

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