John Key- 10 year passport fees must rise to maintain revenue

NZ passportJohn Key said “Good news is coming” and we all know he was talking about the move to increase the term of passports from five years to ten. It is indeed good to see a small crack in the wall of bureaucratic tyranny.

However I was astonished to see reports that Key then said the cost of renewing passports will rise as a result of this change. How can this be when there will be less work? How can this be when the NZ passport is already one of the most expensive to renew in the world?

The NZ Herald-

Mr Key has previously warned that a return to 10- year passports is likely to lead to higher fees because revenue from processing the documents will fall. At present, it costs $135 to renew a passport. Analysis by the Taxpayers’ Union showed that fee was more expensive than nearly every other comparable country.

Key’s justification for this outrageous statement is the same old same old gutless National capitulation to big government. Rather than doing the taxpayer a favour and taking the steps that the change will enable, like sacking a few passport office workers, (hopefully those who thought up the five year plan in the first place) all Key can think of is increasing fees to keep another bloated over-manned govt office in the style to which it has become accustomed.

Key says he’s not going to become arrogant. Well, his approach to this issue sure doesn’t support that promise. He needs to do the right thing and extend the term to 10 years and cut the fees in half.

The purpose of the Passport Office is not to raise revenue for a greedy leeching ever expanding govt, it is to provide a service to the public.



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4 replies

  1. He can’t think for himself.Just good at repeating what he is told by advisors. As Lange once said ‘shallow as a birdbath’.

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  2. Should never have changed in the first place another example of our Governments bending over for overseas administrations like the US. looking to please and for brownie points.

    I had to pay twice the price for my 5 year passport that my wife had just paid for her 10 year passport and I had to renew it whilst hers was still valid.

    Just a huge inconvenience and a rip off.

    It would be interesting to know what the “officials” real objections were.

    Hard to believe that this is a National party initiative, not what we have come to expect, good old fashioned common sense.

    But wait for the fee increase.

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  3. Its only a small thing but such a comment from Key betrays his automatic thinking on such issues.

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