Paying your fine

MPI's infringement notices are commonly called instant fines. Find out how to pay your fine.

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
  • committed 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

Expand a box for full instructions.

Expand All
Biosecurity fines issued at the border (an air or sea port)

When you're given an instant fine for failing to declare risk goods on arrival to New Zealand.

Payment options

You can either:

  • pay immediately, or
  • within 14 days.

Making immediate payments

If you're paying immediately, your payment will be processed at the MPI infringement desk at the airport where you arrived. You can pay by:

  • cash (New Zealand dollars)
  • major credit or travel card
  • using a New Zealand EFTPOS card.

Paying later – within 14 days

If you choose to pay your fine later, you have 14 days from the date the notice was issued. You can make payment:

  • online with a credit card
  • through internet banking
  • at MPI offices at some international airports
  • by telephone if paying by credit card
  • at a Westpac bank.
Online

Use our online system to pay with a Visa or MasterCard credit card.

Internet banking

Deposit your payment to MPI's bank account:

  • 03 0049 0001709 22

For the ‘reference’ field, use the infringement notice number in the top right hand corner of the notice. Put your name in the ‘particulars’ field.

MPI airport offices

Pay the fine at an MPI office at Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, or Dunedin international airports.

By phone

Call +64 9 9098517 between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday to pay by Visa or MasterCard.

Westpac bank by cash

Go to any Westpac bank to pay. Take your infringement notice with you.


Requesting a fines waiver

If you have a good excuse, you can ask for your fine to be waived. But we won't waive your fine for simply forgetting, being tired from travelling, or not knowing the rules.

Applications for a fine waiver must be made in writing within 14 days of when the notice was issued. To make a request email fines@mpi.govt.nz

Or post your submission letter to:

Ministry for Primary Industries
Infringement Processing Centre
PO Box 53137
Auckland 2150
New Zealand.

Make sure you include:

  • supporting evidence – for example, a doctor's note
  • your name as shown on the notice
  • the infringement notice number (found on the top right of the notice)
  • your passport number.

After we've considered your request, we'll let you know the outcome. If your fine isn't waived, you can either pay the fine or request a defended or non-defended court hearing.

Requesting a court hearing

There are 2 types of court hearings:

  • Defended – if you believe there is enough doubt an offence has been committed. You will need to appear in court to put your case. You can be represented by a lawyer. If the Court finds you guilty, costs will be added to the initial infringement fee.
  • Non-defended – when you admit liability but request special consideration (for example, a reduced fine because of financial hardship).  A judge considers written submissions from you and MPI before making a decision.

To request either type of hearing you must write to MPI within 14 days. Include in your request:

  • what type of hearing you want – defended or non-defended
  • your name as shown on the infringement notice
  • the infringement notice number (found on the top right of the notice)
  • your passport number.

To make a request email fines@mpi.govt.nz

Or post your request to:

Ministry for Primary Industries
Infringement Processing Centre
PO Box 53137
Auckland 2150
New Zealand.

We will forward your request to the courts. The court will then contact you directly.

Biosecurity fines issued at a transitional or containment facility

When you're given an instant fine for not following operating standards in your transitional or containment facility, or for not having a current operator.

Payment options

You must pay your fine in full within 28 days of receiving a reminder notice.

There are 5 ways you can pay infringement fees to the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Visa or MasterCard payment via the MPI website

Bank fees may apply. You can only do this for $400 fines. Use our secure online payment system:

Make a credit card payment (Visa or MasterCard) by phone.

Call (+64) 9 909 8517 between 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday. You can only do this for $400 fines.

Internet banking

Make the payment to 03-0049-0001709-22. Use the 'Notice Number' and 'Name' details on your infringement notice as a reference. You can only use this option with New Zealand bank accounts.

 

Pay in person at any Westpac branch

Use the deposit slip at the bottom of the infringement notice.

Request the infringement notice be withdrawn or waived

You may wish to raise a matter about the circumstances of the offence for consideration by the MPI adjudicator. You should include any supporting evidence in your submission. It must be in English. You need to submit it within 28 days of receiving a reminder notice. You can either:

  • email it to fines@mpi.govt.nz
  • or post to Ministry for Primary Industries Infringement Processing Centre, PO Box 53137, Auckland 2150, New Zealand.

Request a hearing in court

If you don’t agree with an infringement that has been issued, you can request a defended hearing. You will need to appear in court to put forward your case. A lawyer can represent you.

If you admit liability and want the court to consider whether you should pay the full amount of the infringement fee, you can request a non-defended hearing. An example might be that you are facing financial hardship.

For either a defended or non-defended hearing, provide your submission by either:

  • emailing to fines@mpi.govt.nz
  • or writing to Ministry for Primary Industries Infringement Processing Centre, PO Box 53137, Auckland 2150 New Zealand

Download the facility biosecurity infringement fact sheet

Biosecurity fines issued for a vessel

When you’re given a biosecurity fine for failing to notify MPI of your vessel’s intended arrival in New Zealand or fail to present declarations showing how you have met the requirements of the craft risk management standard for vessels.

Payment options

You must pay your fine in full within 28 days of receiving a reminder notice.

There are 5 ways you can pay infringement fees to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

Visa or MasterCard payment via the MPI website

Bank fees may apply. You can do this only for $400 fines.

Pay your fine online with our secure payment system

Make a credit card payment (Visa or MasterCard) by phone.

Call (+64) 9 909 8517 between 8.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. You can do this only for $400 fines.

Internet banking

Deposit the payment to MPI's bank account.

  • 03-0049-0001709-22

For the ‘reference’ field, use the infringement notice number in the top right hand corner of the notice. Put your name in the ‘particulars’ field.

Phone Banking

MPI is a bill payee for all major banks. You will be asked for the infringement notice number as a reference. The number is on the top right hand corner of the notice. 

Pay in person at any Westpac branch

Use the deposit slip at the bottom of the infringement notice.

Request the infringement notice be withdrawn or waived

You may wish to raise a matter about the circumstances of the offence for consideration by the MPI adjudicator. You should include any supporting evidence in your submission. It must be in English. You need to submit it within 28 days of receiving a reminder notice. You can either:

  • email it to fines@mpi.govt.nz
  • or post to Ministry for Primary Industries Infringement Processing Centre, PO Box 53137, Auckland 2150, New Zealand.

Request a hearing in court

If you don’t agree with an infringement that has been issued, you can request a defended hearing. You will need to appear in court to put forward your case. A lawyer can represent you.

If you admit liability and want the court to consider whether you should pay the full amount of the infringement fee, you can request a non-defended hearing. An example might be that you are facing financial hardship.

For either a defended or non-defended hearing, provide your submission by either:

  • emailing to fines@mpi.govt.nz
  • or writing to Ministry for Primary Industries Infringement Processing Centre, PO Box 53137, Auckland 2150 New Zealand.
Recreational fishing offences

When you're issued an infringement notice by a fishery officer.

Payment options

You can pay your fine by internet or phone banking, by cheque, or at any Westpac bank. You must pay your fine as soon as possible and within 28 days of getting a reminder notice.

Internet banking

Deposit your payment to MPI's bank account:

  • 03 0049 0001709 22

For the ‘reference’ field, use the infringement notice number in the top right hand corner of the notice. Put your name in the ‘particulars’ field.

Phone banking

MPI is a bill payee for all major banks. You will be asked for the infringement notice number as a reference. The number is on the top right hand corner of the notice.

Cheque by post

Send a New Zealand cheque payable to the Ministry for Primary Industries. Detach and include the remittance advice at the bottom of the infringement notice and mail both to:

  • Infringement Processing Centre, PO Box 38-090, Petone 5045, New Zealand.
Westpac bank by cheque or cash

Go to any Westpac bank to pay. Take your infringement notice with you.


Requesting a fines waiver

If you have a good excuse, you can ask for your fine to be waived. But we won't waive your fine for simply forgetting or not knowing the rules.

Applications for a fine waiver must be made in writing within 28 days of getting a reminder notice. To make a request email fines@mpi.govt.nz

Or post your submission letter to:

Ministry for Primary Industries
Infringement Processing Centre
PO Box 38-090
Petone 5045
New Zealand.

Make sure you include:

  • supporting evidence – for example, a doctor's note
  • your name as shown on the notice
  • the infringement notice number (found on the top right of the notice).

After we've considered your request, we'll let you know the outcome. If your fine isn't waived, you can either pay the fine or request a defended or non-defended court hearing.

Requesting a court hearing

There are 2 types of court hearings:

  • Defended – if you believe there is enough doubt an offence has been committed. You will need to appear in court to put your case. You can be represented by a lawyer. If the Court finds you guilty, costs will be added to the initial infringement fee.
  • Non-defended – when you admit liability but request special consideration (for example, a reduced fine because of financial hardship).  A judge considers written submissions from you and MPI before making a decision.

To request either type of hearing you must write to MPI within 28 days. Include in your request:

  • what type of hearing you want – defended or non-defended
  • your name as shown on the infringement notice
  • the infringement notice number (found on the top right of the notice).

To make a request email fines@mpi.govt.nz

Or post your request to:

Ministry for Primary Industries
Infringement Processing Centre
PO Box 38-090
Petone 5045
New Zealand.

We will forward your request to the courts. The court will then contact you directly.

Download the Fisheries infringement brochure [PDF, 306 KB]

Animal welfare fines

When you are issued an infringement notice under the Animal Welfare Act.

Payment options

You can pay your fine by internet or phone banking, by cheque, or at any Westpac bank. You must pay your fine as soon as possible and within 28 days of getting a reminder notice.

Internet banking

Deposit your payment to MPI's bank account:

  • 03 0049 0001709 22

For the ‘reference’ field, use the infringement notice number in the top right hand corner of the notice. Put your name in the ‘particulars’ field.

Phone banking

MPI is a bill payee for all major banks. You will be asked for the infringement notice number as a reference. The number is on the top right hand corner of the notice.

Cheque by post

Send a New Zealand cheque payable to the Ministry for Primary Industries. Detach and include the remittance advice at the bottom of the infringement notice and mail both to:

  • Infringement Processing Centre, Private Bag 4765, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand.
Westpac bank by cheque or cash

Go to any Westpac bank to pay. Take your infringement notice with you.


Requesting a fines waiver

If you have a good excuse, you can ask for your fine to be waived. But we won't waive your fine for simply forgetting or not knowing the rules.

Applications for a fine waiver must be made in writing within 28 days of getting a reminder notice. To make a request email fines@mpi.govt.nz

Or post your submission letter to:

Ministry for Primary Industries
Infringement Processing Centre
Private Bag 4765

Christchurch 8140
New Zealand.

Make sure you include:

  • supporting evidence – for example, a doctor's note
  • your name as shown on the notice
  • the infringement notice number (found on the top right of the notice).

After we've considered your request, we'll let you know the outcome. If your fine isn't waived, you can either pay the fine or request a defended or non-defended court hearing.

Requesting a court hearing

There are 2 types of court hearings:

  • Defended – if you believe there is enough doubt an offence has been committed. You will need to appear in court to put your case. You can be represented by a lawyer. If the Court finds you guilty, costs will be added to the initial infringement fee.
  • Non-defended – when you admit liability but request special consideration (for example, a reduced fine because of financial hardship).  A judge considers written submissions from you and MPI before making a decision.

To request either type of hearing you must write to MPI within 28 days. Include in your request:

  • what type of hearing you want – defended or non-defended
  • your name as shown on the infringement notice
  • the infringement notice number (found on the top right of the notice).

To make a request email fines@mpi.govt.nz

Or post your request to:

Ministry for Primary Industries
Infringement Processing Centre
Private Bag 4765Christchurch 8140
New Zealand.

We will forward your request to the courts. The court will then contact you directly.

Download the Animal Welfare infringement brochure [PDF, 306 KB]

National Animal Identification and Tracing Act 2012 (NAIT) fines

When you are issued with an infringement notice under the NAIT Act for failing to meet your obligations as a Person in Charge of NAIT Animals.

Payment options

You can pay your fine by internet or phone banking, by cheque, or at any Westpac bank. You must pay your fine as soon as possible and within 28 days of getting a reminder notice.

Internet banking

Deposit your payment to MPI's bank account:

  • 03 0049 0001709 22

For the ‘reference’ field, use the infringement notice number in the top right hand corner of the notice. Put your name in the ‘particulars’ field.

Phone banking

MPI is a bill payee for all major banks. You will be asked for the infringement notice number as a reference. The number is on the top right hand corner of the notice.

Cheque by post

Send a New Zealand cheque payable to the Ministry for Primary Industries. Detach and include the remittance advice at the bottom of the infringement notice and mail both to:

  • Infringement Processing Centre, Private Bag 4765, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand.
Westpac bank by cheque or cash

Go to any Westpac bank to pay. Take your infringement notice with you.


Requesting a fines waiver

If you have a good excuse, you can ask for your fine to be waived. But we won't waive your fine for simply forgetting or not knowing the rules.

Applications for a fine waiver must be made in writing within 28 days of getting a reminder notice. To make a request email fines@mpi.govt.nz

Or post your submission letter to:

Ministry for Primary Industries

Infringement Processing Centre

Private Bag 4765

Christchurch 8140

New Zealand

Make sure you include:

  • supporting evidence – for example, a doctor's note
  • your name as shown on the notice
  • the infringement notice number (found on the top right of the notice).

After we've considered your request, we'll let you know the outcome. If your fine isn't waived, you can either pay the fine or request a defended or non-defended court hearing.

Requesting a court hearing

There are 2 types of court hearings:

  • Defended – if you believe there is enough doubt an offence has been committed. You will need to appear in court to put your case. You can be represented by a lawyer. If the Court finds you guilty, costs will be added to the initial infringement fee.
  • Non-defended – when you admit liability but request special consideration (for example, a reduced fine because of financial hardship).  A judge considers written submissions from you and MPI before making a decision.

To request either type of hearing you must write to MPI within 28 days. Include in your request:

  • what type of hearing you want – defended or non-defended
  • your name as shown on the infringement notice
  • the infringement notice number (found on the top right of the notice).

To make a request email fines@mpi.govt.nz

Or post your request to:

Ministry for Primary Industries
Infringement Processing Centre
Private Bag 4765Christchurch 8140
New Zealand.

We will forward your request to the courts. The court will then contact you directly.

Download the Animal Welfare infringement brochure [PDF, 306 KB]

What happens if I do nothing?

Your infringement notice will be transferred to the fines collection unit of the Ministry of Justice. The ministry will send you a Notice of Fine and you must contact, or pay the fine to the Ministry of Justice. A court cost will be added to the fine when it is filed in court.

If you don't dispute the infringement notice within 28 days of receiving a reminder from MPI, you won't be automatically entitled to request a waiver or a hearing in court.

Find out more

Who to contact

If you have questions about paying your fine, email fines@mpi.govt.nz

Last reviewed: