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NZ bans Lord of the Rings fan among 4200

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/01/2017

A Brazilian self-declared Lord of the Rings fan who named Harry Potter as one of the main characters of the trilogy and did not possess a return ticket, was among the more than 4200 people refused entry into New Zealand in the last financial year.

Immigration New Zealand's annual report, released on Wednesday, states that almost 3000 people were prevented from boarding a flight to New Zealand, and around 1300 were refused entry on arrival.

In total 5.9 million passengers arrived last year, an increase of 9 per cent on the previous year. The country which had the most passengers denied entry was Malaysia, followed by Hong Kong and Brazil.

INZ manager Senta Jehle says the report illustrates the skills and experience of staff in facilitating the entry of genuine travellers, while protecting New Zealand's borders from people who pose a risk.

Other highlights include a Russian man who was refused entry after he couldn't give a rational explanation why he was in possession of 64 credit cards, 100 SIM cards, two passports and six mobile phones, the report said.

A Taiwanese woman who claimed to be in cosmetic sales gave an onshore contact address which turned out to be a refuse transfer station in a predominantly industrial area; while a German man wasn't allowed into the country after he was found carrying an apple, tea-leaf type material, a medicinal honey product, spices, loose leaves caught up in his clothing and bedding and a live earwig.

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