A group lobbying for a return to a 10-year passport claims
New Zealand passports are more expensive per year than most
other comparable countries and the fee has become a simple
Kyle Lockwood has presented a petition signed by about 12,000
people to Parliament to return from a 5-year to a 10-year
passport and will speak to the select committee on his
petition today, despite the Government ruling out extending
the term last year.
A Taxpayers' Union briefing report by Jordan McCluskey on
international comparisons put the cost of a New Zealand
passport at $28 a year - about double the cost of other
countries such as France, Germany, Sweden, Britain, Canada
Only Australia's cost came close, costing $26.40 a year for a
10-year passport. Most of those countries also had 10-year
passports. Mr McCluskey, who is also in the Young Nats, said
the Government's claim that five-year passports were
necessary for security did not ring true given other
countries such as Canada,
China and the Netherlands had returned to 10 years recently.
Labour leader David Cunliffe said Labour would return to
10-year passport terms, but Internal Affairs Minister Chris
Tremain ruled it out last year saying five-year terms made it
easier to keep pace with developments in security technology.
"The research suggests that the current regime isn't about
security - it's about raising money for the Government," said
Taxpayers' Union head Jordan Williams.
- Claire Trevett of the NZ Herald