New agreement means faster passage through quarantine for travellers taking food into NZ

E fai kotoa ‘i Tonga ‘a e ngaahi ngaue ki hono sivi faka’auliliki ‘o e ‘umu ‘a e kau folau pea ko ‘enau tu’uta pe ‘i Nu’u Sila ‘o fakaha ‘a e la’itohi mei Tonga pea ‘e ‘atā leva ke nau hu mai ki tu’a mo ‘enau ‘umu’ ‘ikai toe sivi ia ‘e he kolonitini ‘a Nu’u Sila. Ko e founga fo’ou ‘eni ne toki fefakamo’oni’aki ai ‘a Nu’u Sila mo Tonga.

Passengers taking ‘umu and fish on flights from Tonga to New Zealand will be able to get through quarantine more quickly thanks to a new agreement with Biosecurity New Zealand.

The Ministry of Agriculture has signed a memorandum of understanding that covers the quarantine certification of food taken into New Zealand.

Head of Biosecurity New Zealand Roger Smith said the agreement meant Tongan passengers would bypass long queues in quarantine when they landed in New Zealand.

He said Tonga posed a low biosecurity risk to New Zealand.

The Ministry’s CEO, Dr. Viliami Manu, said the MOU showed Biosecurity New Zealand trusted Tongan quarantine officers to carry out the certification process.

Smith told the Tongan Broadcasting Commission the agreement allowed Tongan officials to check food before it went to New Zealand and certify it as safe.

“Anybody who arrives in Auckland airport carrying a lot of ‘umu packs knows that sometimes the process is quite slow, and this should speed up the process,” he said.

“This should speed up the process.

“Travelers from the Kingdom of Tonga, pose a low risk.

“This signing is in recognition that you have good systems in place here for the passengers.”

The main points

  • Passengers taking ‘umu and fish on flights from Tonga to New Zealand will be able to get through quarantine more quickly thanks to a new agreement with Biosecurity New Zealand.
  • The Ministry of Agriculture has signed a memorandum of understanding that covers the quarantine certification of food taken into New Zealand.

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