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About the Border Executive Board

The Border Executive Board has been established under the Public Service Act 2020 to deliver an integrated and effective border system and is hosted by the New Zealand Customs Service.


The Border Executive Board has been established to deliver an integrated and effective border system. Its role is to:

  • ensure the response to keep COVID-19 out is working well at the border;
  • position New Zealand to have a safer and smarter border;
  • address gaps or future risks from people, good or craft arriving at the border;
  • manage border-related fiscal challenges arising from a change in cost-recovery activities.

The six agencies involved in the Board are:

  • New Zealand Customs Service (Chair)
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry for Primary Industries
  • Ministry of Transport.

The Border Executive Board is supported by a small team that provides strategic leadership; manages issues, risk and assurance activities on the Chair’s behalf; and provides secretariat support for the Board’s meetings.

The Border Executive Board is hosted by the New Zealand Customs Service.

The Border Executive Board is an Interdepartmental Executive Board under the Public Service Act 2020.

Key Documents and References