A Queenstown trip turned sour for some visiting foreign
nationals who were refused entry when they arrived at the
border, statistics show.
Pre-arrival screening resulted in 2462 passengers being
referred to Immigration New Zealand during 2011-12, with 2165
of those allowed to enter the country. However, some were on
Immigration officials refused entry to 790 foreign nationals,
including 646 at Auckland, 119 at Christchurch, 16 at
Wellington and seven at Queenstown. More than half were
refused entry because Immigration New Zealand staff did not
believe they were genuine visitors and were likely to work
illegally and were at risk of overstaying.
Malaysians (110) topped the list of nationalities refused
entry for this reason, followed by South Koreans (56) and
South Africans (43), according to Immigration New Zealand's
annual ''Year at the Border'' report, released recently.
Risks posed by potential travellers were managed by
Immigration Border Operations Centre staff, who denied
boarding to 1529 people following pre-arrival screening.
This included cases of no visa (68), alerts raised (347), no
onward ticket (135), entry requirement not met (93) and
invalid passport (56).
Of those passengers, 163 were Chinese, 112 Fijian, and 97
The report includes a case of a passenger dressed in South
African rugby supporter's gear who was intercepted boarding a
flight bound for New Zealand via Hong Kong.
The man had no visa but told immigration officials he was
travelling to New Zealand to watch Rugby World Cup games, and
had four tickets including one for an All Blacks v France
encounter that had been sold out.
He could not recall where he had bought the tickets, and said
some Ethiopian friends were in New Zealand to watch some
matches, but could not recall their names.
Immigration was not satisfied he was a genuine visitor and
the man, who wore a South African rugby jersey and scarf, was
not allowed to board his flight.
Immigration New Zealand's Year at the Border 2011-12
report showed. -
• 4.8m passengers arrived in NZ.
• They contributed $9.6b to NZ's GDP.
• 2.6m short-term visitors.
• Almost 25% of people in NZ are migrants.
• 34 locations in 21 countries have direct flights to
• Nationals from 204 countries arrived, including Australia
(833,000), United Kingdom (336,000) People's Republic of
China (231,000), the United States (200,000) and France
• Illegal migrants reportedly paid up to $US25,000 for false
• Oldest person denied entry was 79.