Trade in Endangered Species Act

Pacific travellers warned not to bring shells or coral into NZ

Hundreds of items from the Pacific are seized at New Zealand borders each year under the country's Trade in Endangered Species Act.

National Compliance manager, Darryl Lew, was warning travellers from the Pacific not to bring in coral or shells which are by far the most commonly seized items from the region at the country's border.

He said the department supports the region in raising awareness of legislation and permits needed for exporting items.