Detector dog Kane and his handler Senior Customs Officer
Robert Gillanders. Photo by New Zealand Customs.
A dedicated cash dog is set to sniff out money arriving
undeclared through South Island airports.
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner confirmed the cash detector dog
team would now number five following the addition of Kane,
who will work at Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin
Detector dogs have sniffed out more than $2.5 million of
undeclared or concealed cash at the border since starting
work 10 months ago.
The largest find was at Auckland Airport in October when a
detector dog led Customs officers to discover $390,000 on two
Travellers carrying more than $10,000 must declare it.
If people did not declare the money, they might have to
forfeit it and pay a fine, depending on the circumstances,
Three cash detector dogs are based in Auckland and one in
All five dogs area also trained to detect drugs.