Govt satisfied with asylum seeker readiness
Wed, 20 Jun 2012 5:32a.m.
An exercise to test New Zealand's preparedness for dealing with a mass arrival of asylum seekers by boat is going smoothly, the Government says.
Exercise Barrier started at the beginning of May and runs for eight weeks, with 100 role players being processed through health, customs and immigration checks following their simulated arrival.
"We know we have been a target in the past for people smugglers and we need to do all we can to ensure we are prepared for any future attempts," Immigration Minister Nathan Guy said.
"A freighter with 500 asylum seekers from Asia made it all the way to Canada two years ago, so New Zealand is certainly within reach."
Customs Minister Maurice Williamson says he's impressed with the way the exercise is going.
"Observers from Canada and Australia have been shadowing customs officers during the exercise," he said.
"The officers will benefit greatly from the guidance of those who have first-hand experience of maritime mass arrivals."
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22/06/2012 9:58:11 a.m.
The Australian Government voluntarily accepted the asylum seekers to bound for Australia for observation and a better standard of living.. New Zealand has many problems at the moment and we can only accept the aslum seekers in to our country from Australian through a proper authorisation and not from Indonesia or elswhere..
20/06/2012 10:32:50 a.m.
If Australia doesn't want them nor do we. There is a process and these people are queue jumpers. Let one in and the rest see us as easy.
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