20 Mar 2017

Environmental concerns over Fijian 'miracle water'

1:24 pm on 20 March 2017

The Ministry for Primary Industries is warning travellers from Fiji to stop bringing so-called miracle water into New Zealand.

Border staff have seized the water from nearly 500 air passengers since November.

Sourced from a natural spring on Viti Levu, the untreated water is claimed to have healing properties that can cure conditions including conjunctivitis and blindness.

Travellers face a $400 fine or $60 treatment cost if they have the water, which can carry diseases harmful to freshwater aquaculture and environment.

The ministry is currently running an awareness campaign, including notices at Nadi Airport.