Editorial: Five-year passports pricey and pointless Nelson Mail - 14/02/2014
The Nelson Mail backs calls from the Taxpayers' Union for the reintroduction of ten year passports.
Taxpayers Union researcher Jordan McCluskey says even if the renewal period were extended to 10 years, New Zealand passports would still be more expensive than most of the countries we compare ourselves with. For example, the Kiwi one currently works out at $28 a year, against South Africa $4.46, Fiji $4.95, the United Kingdom $14.74, Canada $17.78, the United States $19.18 and $26.40 in Australia.
Multimillion-dollar surpluses aside, the Government claims the real issue is security, with five-year renewals reducing the risk of identity fraud.
However, countries such as Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany all issue 10-year passports. Are the security risks considered greater in New Zealand than anywhere else?
The Government should at least be upfront and admit that the prime advantage in shorter renewals is fiscal.