Is it time for a common trans-Tasman border?
Airlines and tourism bodies in New Zealand and Australia are backing calls to slash red tape with border processing at Australian and New Zealand airports. A report out this week, commissioned by Australia's main tourism and transport group, called for sweeping changes that would potentially effect the nearly seven million trans-Tasman passenger journeys that take place each year. The report proposes building on trials by Air New Zealand at Brisbane Airport, and air transport technology giant SITA to use biometric technology to identify passengers. Lynn Freeman speaks with Tourism & Transport Forum Australia chief executive Margy Osmond, and her New Zealand counterpart Chris Roberts, the chief executive of the Tourism Industry Aotearoa.