Immigration NZ moves to reduce chance of corruption
By Lincoln Tan
5:30 AM Monday Oct 25, 2010

In a bid to reduce risk of internal corruption, Immigration New Zealand will stop accepting cash as a method of payment from late next month.

More than 30 staff at the agency have been investigated for misconduct, including fraud and corruption this year and at least seven officials have been sacked.

The service said all branches in this country and most overseas would no longer accept cash from November 29.

"Many of our offshore branches are already cashless and this approach is being extended because it reduces the security risks for staff and saves time in cash handling and payment processing," said head of immigration Nigel Bickle.

Only branches in Beijing, Shanghai, Dubai, Jakarta and Moscow would continue to accept cash because they did not have alternatives, he said.

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