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NZ Government Media Release
21 July 1999
Border Control Minister John Luxton today
released a public discussion document outlining future options for New Zealand's border
The document is the work of the Border
Review Team which was established in February to examine ways of improving the
effectiveness and efficiency of New Zealand's border control services. The team consisting
of Sir Ron Carter (Chair), Mr Rick Christie and Dr Peter O'Hara today reported back to Mr
Luxton at an official handover in Wellington.
"I am delighted with the work of the
team so far. They have put in an enormous number of hours and met with a very wide range
of stakeholders - over 90 of whom lodged submissions. The analysis is comprehensive, the
options provided are constructive and I believe the discussion document offers plenty for
stakeholders to comment on."
"The purpose of the review was to
seek out opportunities for positioning our border management for the future. The
perception by both Government and industry then was that efficiency and effectiveness
could be improved."
"The Government takes its commitment
to managing and protecting our borders very seriously. For an island nation like New
Zealand, it is critical that we have a highly effective border control system."
"We knew that certain issues and
opportunities had to be better defined, and the future forces of change well understood
before change could be considered. The team have highlighted several areas where
co-ordination could be improved and I welcome that."
New Zealand has one of the most
sophisticated border protection systems in the world but there is always room for
The team has identified three models to
achieve operational efficiencies.
The models reflect degrees of integration
on a continuum and are designed to be easily compared and contrasted. The discussion
document has a logical and principled-approach to guide the consultation process.
"I encourage all interested parties
to respond to the document by 31 August and I look forward to receiving the Review Team's
final report by 30 October."
Copies of the report are available from
The Border Review Team, PO Box 1042, Wellington; ph (04) 474 8199 or can be viewed online
For more information contact:
(04) 471 9707 or (025) 433 716