Beware, Mr Big – we are being encouraged to blow the whistle on anything suspicious under new Customs initiative

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Customs Minister Meka Whaitiri officially launched Customs’ new outreach campaign, Border Protect, in Opua at the weekend.

This campaign is aimed at encouraging Kiwis to blow the whistle, if they suspect something untoward is going on – they should report potential suspicious activities to Customs “and help protect New Zealand”.

The only other news on the Beehive website told us the PM has unveiled a new Memorial to acknowledge the contribution of Pacific nations to military conflicts and the bonds shared with New Zealand.

The Pacific Islands Memorial Te Reo Hotunui o te Moana nui a Kiwa recognises the close relationship between Aotearoa New Zealand and other Pacific nations, acknowledging the region’s contribution during times of conflict and the shared history that strengthens our bond today, Jacinda Ardern said.

The Memorial is an addition to the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.

Whaitiri went further north to speak to community and industry representatives at the Bay of Islands Marina, where she emphasised that Northland remains a key focus for Customs because it has one of the most accessible parts of New Zealand’s coastline and Opua is the main hub for international yacht arrivals and departures.

Opua was a splendid choice for the  launch.    Continue reading “Beware, Mr Big – we are being encouraged to blow the whistle on anything suspicious under new Customs initiative”