Types of fines
You may be issued with an MPI infringement notice and have to pay a fine if you:
- fail to declare biosecurity risk goods when you arrive in New Zealand
- operate a transitional or containment facility when you’re not approved as the facility’s operator or fail to follow operating standards for your transitional or containment facility
- commit an offence under the Fisheries Act, like catching more fish than you're allowed
- break animal welfare laws
- commit an offence under the National Animal Identification and Tracing Act 2012 (NAIT), such as failing to register your animals.
The reasons for your fine will be on the notice along with your rights.
All notices attract a fine and are strict liability offences – like speeding or parking tickets. That means you may have committed an offence even though you had no intention of doing so. But a notice doesn't give you a criminal conviction.
How to pay your fine
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