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This year Customs celebrates its 175th anniversary

Customs is the oldest government department in New Zealand and this year marks its 175th anniversary. The department was established on 5 January 1840.

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Current news stories

  • New detector dog capability planned for Fiji

    New Zealand Customs and Police and Fijian authorities have started a programme to set up a detector dog unit in Fiji.
  • Man jailed for child sexual abuse images

    A 54-year-old Wellington man, Peter John Wrigley, will spend six years and six months in jail for trading and possessing child sexual abuse images and indecent assault.
  • Pillows and porridge hide P

    Over the past 12 months Customs officers have found drugs hidden in strange places, including children’s pillows, porridge, car wax, rice cookers, and mints, as well as the usual toys, shoes and handbags.
  • Fakes fail at the border

    Customs made over 400 interceptions of counterfeit goods last year, totalling over 43,000 branded items. The most common fakes were branded sports clothes and caps, clothing, smartphones and accessories, footwear and toys from children’s films.
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