Releases

Customs
Sat 24 Dec 2016
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner thanks Customs for their hard work this year keeping our borders safe. “While most of us are enjoying our holidays, our frontline staff at Customs are facing their busiest time of the year. I wish to thank all Customs staff for their tremendous effort this year, particularly those who are protecting our border over the Christmas break,” Ms Wagner says. “They’re dealing with rising volumes of border transactions, and ever increasing passenger volumes. ...
Conservation
Thu 22 Dec 2016
Four ambitious conservation projects in Gisborne have received $78,000 in support from the DOC Community Fund, Conservation Ministers Maggie Barry and Nicky Wagner have announced. The projects range from weed eradication on Gisborne’s Titirangi Maunga to protecting wild kiwi in Maungataniwha and represent the best of community conservation, the Ministers say. “Each of the groups is helping wage the War on Weeds and protect native species from introduced predators and invasive plants,” Ms Barry says. ...
Customs
Sun 18 Dec 2016
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner announced today that over 20 million people have used Customs’ eGates since their introduction in 2009. “Each week approximately 105,000 passengers self-process when crossing our border and this number is expected to continue to grow with the increasing volume of visitors to New Zealand,” Ms Wagner says. “Visitor arrivals to New Zealand are expected to grow 5.4 per cent a year, reaching 4.5 million visitors in 2022 from 3.1 million in 2015. ...
Customs
Thu 8 Dec 2016
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner has today congratulated Customs’ five new detector dog teams at a graduation ceremony in Trentham. “Customs received over $500,000 from Budget 2016 to boost the total number of detector dog teams across the country from 15 to 20, adding to its multi-layered enforcement at the border,” Ms Wagner says.   “The five new teams are a welcome addition, especially as we head into the peak summer season when more people cross our border.” ...
Customs
Thu 8 Dec 2016
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner has today congratulated Customs’ five new detector dog teams at a graduation ceremony in Trentham. “Customs received over $500,000 from Budget 2016 to boost the total number of detector dog teams across the country from 15 to 20, adding to its multi-layered enforcement at the border,” Ms Wagner says.   “The five new teams are a welcome addition, especially as we head into the peak summer season when more people cross our border.” ...
Customs
Tue 6 Dec 2016
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner has welcomed the First Reading of the Customs and Excise Bill in Parliament today. “This is a Bill that is better for businesses. Not only will it be easier to use and understand, it makes businesses’ obligations clearer and provides more flexibility in meeting them,” Ms Wagner says. “It will replace the out-dated 1996 Customs and Excise Act that is unable to respond to a changing border environment.” ...
Customs
Tue 6 Dec 2016
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner has welcomed the First Reading of the Customs and Excise Bill in Parliament today. “This is a Bill that is better for businesses. Not only will it be easier to use and understand, it makes businesses’ obligations clearer and provides more flexibility in meeting them,” Ms Wagner says. “It will replace the out-dated 1996 Customs and Excise Act that is unable to respond to a changing border environment.” ...
Customs
Sun 4 Dec 2016
Transnational criminal networks are targeting and recruiting people to act as drug couriers, by either duping or enticing them, and New Zealanders should be aware of the risks, says Customs Minister Nicky Wagner. “Customs’ intelligence suggests older generations and the young and vulnerable are at risk are of being targeted by drug syndicates,” Ms Wagner says. “This is not a new trend but we are aware of situations here and abroad that are of concern, and want to prevent New Zealanders from being preyed on. ...
Customs
Sun 4 Dec 2016
Transnational criminal networks are targeting and recruiting people to act as drug couriers, by either duping or enticing them, and New Zealanders should be aware of the risks, says Customs Minister Nicky Wagner. “Customs’ intelligence suggests older generations and the young and vulnerable are at risk are of being targeted by drug syndicates,” Ms Wagner says. “This is not a new trend but we are aware of situations here and abroad that are of concern, and want to prevent New Zealanders from being preyed on. ...
Disability Issues
Sat 3 Dec 2016
International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a chance to celebrate the progress we have made to improve the lives of disabled New Zealanders, says Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner. “This year’s theme, Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want, draws attention to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals and how these goals can create a more inclusive and equitable society for disabled people,” Ms Wagner says. “Our government has been working hard to help us move towards a non-disabling society. ...
Disability Issues
Sat 3 Dec 2016
International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a chance to celebrate the progress we have made to improve the lives of disabled New Zealanders, says Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner. “This year’s theme, Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want, draws attention to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals and how these goals can create a more inclusive and equitable society for disabled people,” Ms Wagner says. “Our government has been working hard to help us move towards a non-disabling society. ...
Disability Issues
Wed 30 Nov 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner have congratulated the winners of the Attitude Awards, which recognise the exceptional contributions made by disabled New Zealanders. “This year the Ministry of Health sponsored the Making a Difference Award, which is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to improving the lives of disabled people,” says Dr Coleman. ...