Releases

Customs
Sun 13 Nov 2016
New detector dog teams have completed their three-month training programme and begin working at the border from tomorrow, says Customs Minister Nicky Wagner. “The four Labrador’s, Casey, Flo, Latte and Que and their handlers were put through their paces during their training using tasks and exercises that simulate the airport and cargo operational environments,” Ms Wagner says. “Three teams will be based in Auckland and one in Christchurch. ...
Greater Christchurch Regeneration
Tue 8 Nov 2016
The final inscribed marble panel on the front of Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial is being placed today, says Associate Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner. “The Memorial Wall consists of 517 panels of Italian marble, which have been placed on a concrete base wall over the past two months. The names of those who lost their lives in the earthquakes and supporting text have been carefully inscribed using a sandblaster onto 21 panels,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Greater Christchurch Regeneration
Tue 8 Nov 2016
The final inscribed marble panel on the front of Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial is being placed today, says Associate Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner. “The Memorial Wall consists of 517 panels of Italian marble, which have been placed on a concrete base wall over the past two months. The names of those who lost their lives in the earthquakes and supporting text have been carefully inscribed using a sandblaster onto 21 panels,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Customs
Mon 7 Nov 2016
The addition of 12 new eGates at Christchurch airport will improve international travellers’ airport experience says Customs Minister Nicky Wagner. “Eight new eGates are being installed in Customs’ arrivals area and four in the departures area,” Ms Wagner says. “We are replacing the six older SmartGates with the next generation eGates, and adding six more, to provide travellers with a faster one-step process that takes around 25 seconds.” ...
Customs
Mon 7 Nov 2016
The addition of 12 new eGates at Christchurch airport will improve international travellers’ airport experience says Customs Minister Nicky Wagner. “Eight new eGates are being installed in Customs’ arrivals area and four in the departures area,” Ms Wagner says. “We are replacing the six older SmartGates with the next generation eGates, and adding six more, to provide travellers with a faster one-step process that takes around 25 seconds.” ...
Customs
Wed 26 Oct 2016
This week Customs is deploying 14 new FirstDefenders, a mobile substance identification device, to enhance its capabilities to protect the border says Customs Minister Nicky Wagner. “FirstDefenders use a laser to analyse a substance, often without the need to open the packaging. It matches this against a database of over 11,000 illicit and legal substances to provide an accurate result within seconds,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Customs
Wed 26 Oct 2016
This week Customs is deploying 14 new FirstDefenders, a mobile substance identification device, to enhance its capabilities to protect the border says Customs Minister Nicky Wagner. “FirstDefenders use a laser to analyse a substance, often without the need to open the packaging. It matches this against a database of over 11,000 illicit and legal substances to provide an accurate result within seconds,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Disability Issues
Thu 20 Oct 2016
Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner welcomes the New Zealand Deaf Games 2016, held in Hamilton from Friday 21 to 23 October. “The Deaf Games is the premier national sports competition for the Deaf in New Zealand. First held in 1969, the Games run every two years and are a fantastic chance for Deaf athletes from all over New Zealand to show their prowess in their individual sport,” Ms Wagner says. “Around 140 athletes will compete across 11 sports, including basketball, football and touch rugby. ...
Disability Issues
Thu 20 Oct 2016
Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner welcomes the New Zealand Deaf Games 2016, held in Hamilton from Friday 21 to 23 October. “The Deaf Games is the premier national sports competition for the Deaf in New Zealand. First held in 1969, the Games run every two years and are a fantastic chance for Deaf athletes from all over New Zealand to show their prowess in their individual sport,” Ms Wagner says. “Around 140 athletes will compete across 11 sports, including basketball, football and touch rugby. ...
Customs
Sun 9 Oct 2016
The warmer weather signals the arrival of overseas yachts for the summer and Customs is geared up to welcome them says Customs Minister Nicky Wagner. “The traditional small craft arrival season starts in mid-October and continues through to mid-December. Customs expects 420-440 arrivals during this time,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Customs
Sun 9 Oct 2016
The warmer weather signals the arrival of overseas yachts for the summer and Customs is geared up to welcome them says Customs Minister Nicky Wagner. “The traditional small craft arrival season starts in mid-October and continues through to mid-December. Customs expects 420-440 arrivals during this time,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Customs
Fri 7 Oct 2016
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner has met Customs five newest recruits in Auckland. The Labradors were selected from Australian Border Force’s dog breeding and training facility in Melbourne in August and are three weeks into an extensive three-month training programme. ...