This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations come into force on 30 November 2015, the same day as the Passports Amendment Act 2015. The changes made in that Act to the Passports Act 1992 include extending the period for which an adult New Zealand passport is valid from 5 to 10 years, and the period for which a refugee travel document is valid from 2 to 5 years. As a consequence of those changes, these regulations increase the fees payable to the Secretary for Internal Affairs for the issue of a New Zealand travel document.
These regulations maintain the same fee structure as in the Passport (Fees) Regulations 1996 (which these regulations revoke), except that there is no longer a different fee payable by an applicant who has previously been issued with an adult passport.
The new fees are set out in the Schedule of these regulations and are exclusive of GST. The fees payable for passport applications lodged online are set at the same rate as the standard fee for passport applications lodged in a New Zealand passports office. The new standard fee for an application lodged in a New Zealand passports office for the issue of an adult passport is $156.52 ($180 inclusive of GST) and for a child passport is $91.30 ($105 inclusive of GST). In the case of an urgent application lodged in a New Zealand passports office the priority fee increases from $133.33 to $156.52 (exclusive of GST) and the call-out fee from $444.44 to $478.26 (exclusive of GST).
Date of notification in Gazette: 12 November 2015.
These regulations are administered by the Department of Internal Affairs.