Exactly right BC Mike.
Jentine, NZ has fought hard for many years to keep the country free of many pests and deseases. We have species of flora and fauna not seen anywhere else in the world. And our native plants and animals
are usually very poor at protecting themselves against overseas infiltraters. The Possum and Rabbit have been the greatest testiment to the destruction that can be done to our fragile Native forests. We have flightless birds, The famouse Kiwi being one of the many that face extintion because some lame brain idiot brought a foreign animal into NZ for sport and then it breed rampantly because it has no preditor here. Then there is the Forestry and we are fighting desperatly to iradicate a moth that somehow got into the country. Most likely in a piece of fruit that illegally got through. We had a Bee industry that is threatened because of a pest that got here illegally. The list goes on. We have a fragile environment
here and we have to protect it. So I am sorry, but if visiters can't declare what they have and do everything they are asked, I have no simpathy for them. We aren't a police state and our officers are probably the most polite you will ever come across, but they will also remain diligent to our laws.
And yes it maybe your home, but you are still a visitor to another country. The Passport and Visa only show you are a guest. You don't have a right. So part of being a guest means you are asked to follow the rules. We have a saying here in NZ. "I don't swim in your toilet, so don't pee in my pool".
What I was trying to say in the first post, was that if you think you can hide something, whether it be food
, contraband or arms, it will most likely be found by our custom officers. So just be honest and declare it. Apart from food which is destroyed, the other items will be returned upon your departure, including firearms. But hide it and you could be in trouble.
Oh and also remember that there is a small minority that ruins it for the rest of us. We have cases of drugs being brought into the country hidden in the most amazing ways, with all the most honest sounding excusses. So unfortunatly, all are treated as suspect.