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MEET THE GRADUATE: 'Flame' officially begins her tour of duty as one of our detector dogs. She and her handler graduated from the Police Dog Training Centre today. Flame has been trained to detect drugs and is one of our youngest dog recruits, starting operational duty at only 15 months of age. She will based in Auckland, working mainly at the Auckland International Airport and at the International Mail Centre. Welcome Flame!
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Customs Minister Nicky Wagner: 2014-2015 summer season saw record numbers of passengers and goods cross New Zealand’s border.
beehive.govt.nz - The official website of the New Zealand Government
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FASTFACTS: Last year, Customs intercepted 622 kilograms of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine (methamphetamine precursors) with potential yield of 125-176 kilograms of methamphetamine. The estimated harm avoided because of these interceptions is between $50.6 - $70.9 million.
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Detector dog Zulu, while working at Auckland Airport, was featured in a One News story. She joined the whole nation in backing the Black Caps in their historic Cricket World Cup finals match in Melbourne. Well done Zulu!
Jamie Gough says if the Black Caps win he is in the running for around $140,000 “which is surreal’.
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Mail items inspected by Customs have consistently increased since 2012. Last year, we checked 102,858 mail items. If you’re sending anything to New Zealand check out our information on prohibited items first http://ow.ly/KHToC
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Customs was named one of New Zealand’s Top Three Most Attractive Employers in the 2015 Randstad Awards. Thanks Randstad for this recognition! Our Deputy Comptroller for Operations Bill Perry accepted the award for us.
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Catch the gripping new series of Dog Squad New Zealand. See how our detector dogs and their handlers successfully stop attempts to smuggle illegal drugs across the border and detect undeclared large volumes of money. Tuesday nights 21 April 7:30pm on TV1.
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Don't miss the exciting new series of Border Patrol NZ. Get an insight into the work of our Customs officers as they search for and prevent drugs, counterfeit goods, and other illegal contraband from crossing the border. Monday nights 7:30pm on TV1
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FLASHBACK: Customs Officers (from left) Noelene Sinclair, Audrey Barnett and Yvonne Featherstone, at Auckland Airport circa 1973 — they were the first female officers to be stationed at an airport.
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Look who’s at the Customs’ counter? It’s detector dog Jerry waiting for departing international passengers to go through at the Wellington Airport. Our detector dogs are effective deterrents and are visible at airports and other Customs locations. Travelling out of New Zealand? Check helpful info on what you may and may not take with you http://ow.ly/KOr3L
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Nineteen-year old Canadian woman jailed for importing almost $2 million worth of ‘P’ labelled as "vitamins and supplements"
​A 19-year old Canadian woman has been jailed for nine years for importing almost $2 million worth of methamphetamine or 'P' labelled as “vitamins and supplements”. Kionie Downing was sentenced in the Auckland District Court for importing and possessing methamphetamine, a Class A controlled drug ...
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SmartGate, our automated passenger processing system, reaches another milestone processing its 12 millionth passenger today. It is a faster way for New Zealand, Australian, UK, US, and Canadian ePassport holders to go through passport control when entering or leaving New Zealand. SmartGate uses advanced facial recognition software that compares a passenger’s face with the digital photo in his/her ePassport chip.
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Protecting New Zealand's borders for 175 years
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The New Zealand Customs Service is the government agency with the job of ensuring the security of our borders. 

We protect the economy from illegal imports and exports. We promote New Zealand’s international trade. We collect revenues, investigate illegal activity and prosecute where necessary. We also make sure that lawful travellers and goods can move across our borders as smoothly and efficiently as possible.  

Our Māori name, Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa, translates as the authority that screens and protects New Zealand.
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