24 Sep 2012

MPI reveals border protection plan

3:30 pm on 24 September 2012

New Zealand's three main border agencies have come up with a five-year plan to improve biosecurity while making trade and travel easier.

Customs, Immigration New Zealand and the Ministry for Primary Industries have spent the past 10 months investigating ways to improve collaboration.

MPI's director general, Wayne McNee, says the five-year plan includes significant investments in new technologies at the border.

Mr McNee says a joint water management system is being put in place, and an immigration system that will help profile passengers and cargo more effectively, and more effectively target risk.

"We're also looking at the way we, the agencies, can work together across the board."

Mr McNee says the plan will enable the agencies to be more effective at managing border security.