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04WELLINGTON9572004-11-17 21:39:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Wellington
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E.O. 12958: N/A 
DECEMBER 1-3, 2004 
REF:  STATE 240820 
¶1.  (SBU) Embassy warmly welcomes and grants country 
clearance to the delegation led by Senator Max Baucus to 
visit Auckland, New Zealand from December 1-3, 2004. 
Members of the CODEL include:  Senator Max Baucus, Mr. 
Bill Dauster, Mr. John Gilliland, Ms. Shara Aranoff, Mr. 
Tim Punke, and Mr. Jim Foley.  The purpose of this visit 
is to meet with host country officials to discuss 
bilateral trade issues. 
¶2.  (U) Embassy is making logistical arrangements in 
Auckland, to include transportation and hotel 
reservations.  Rooms have been reserved at the Sheraton, 
83 Symonds Street in Auckland.  Tel:  64-9-379-5132; fax: 
64-9-377-4075.  The rate is NZD 256.50 (approx USD 
180.00), which includes 12.5% goods and services tax, and 
continental breakfast.  As requested, per diem will be 
disbursed on arrival at hotel. 
¶3.  (SBU) Control officer for your visit is Political- 
Economic Counselor Katherine Hadda.  Contact details are 
as follows: 
Office:  644-462-6033 
Fax:     644-472-3537 
Cell:    027-451-2539 
¶4.  (SBU) All TDY visitors to Embassy Wellington are 
required to report to the Regional Security Office for a 
security briefing if they have not completed an approved 
overseas personal security training course. 
¶5.  (SBU) Biosecurity Fines: 
The Government of New Zealand instituted fines for non- 
declared biosecurity hazards on travelers entering New 
Zealand with undeclared plant, animal or food material. 
Travelers found carrying these undeclared items will be 
immediately fined NZD200.00 (USD150.00).  Biosecurity is a 
serious issue in New Zealand and fines will be 
administered immediately and without warnings. 
¶6.  (SBU) Security Information: 
a.  (SBU) All U.S. citizen personnel serving under the 
Chief of Mission authority in a temporary status of 30 
days or more must complete appropriate overseas personal 
security training prior to travel (04 State 66580). 
Employees who have completed the Security Overseas Seminar 
course at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) after June 
1, 2000, meet this requirement.  All other TDY personnel 
must either (1) complete the approved seminar at FSI 
entitled "Serving Abroad for Families and Employees" 
(SAFE), or (2) have their agency certify to the Department 
of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security that the employee 
has undergone equivalent security training.  The contact 
for this training is Assistant Director for Training at 
(703) 205-2617.  Country clearance will not be granted for 
any traveler with planned TDY in excess of 30 days if this 
information is not stated/certified.  POC for additional 
information is RSO Wellington. 
b.  (SBU) The U.S. Mission in New Zealand currently rates 
the threat from transnational and indigenous terrorism as 
low.  There are no terrorist groups or support groups 
believed to be operating in New Zealand at this time.  In 
light of the worldwide security alert all visitors should 
heighten their security awareness and report any unusual 
incidents to the Regional Security Officer. 
c.  (SBU) Anonymous telephonic threats and obscure threat 
mail have occasionally targeted U.S. diplomatic missions 
in New Zealand.  In response to U.S. policies and actions, 
various groups in New Zealand have demonstrated 
occasionally at the Embassy in Wellington and at the 
Consulate in Auckland.  These demonstrations are usually 
small and are peacefully conducted.  During these 
demonstrations, the host country police and protective 
services normally provide adequate protection to the 
Embassy and Consulate. 
d.  (SBU) New Zealand is considered a medium threat crime 
environment.  As such, Wellington and Auckland have 
experienced an increase in violent and petty crimes, but 
they are usually non-confrontational in nature.  However, 
home invasion robberies and assaults, once very rare, are 
becoming more frequent.  Burglaries and thefts occur 
countrywide but primarily in the large cities of Auckland, 
Christchurch and Wellington, and visitors should be 
especially aware that street crime, such as scams and 
pickpockets is a daily occurrence in these cities.  Common 
sense precautions should be taken, especially at night, to 
avoid becoming a target of opportunity. 
e.  (SBU) Generally, New Zealand does not play a 
significant role in the world drug situation; however, 
evidence indicates that New Zealand has been utilized as a 
transit point for shipments of Ecstasy, Heroin and Cocaine 
to Australia.  The most abused drugs in New Zealand are 
locally produced methamphetamine and cannabis.  There have 
been increased amounts of lab seizures and violent crime 
associated with groups attempting to control this market. 
f.  (U) All forms of public transportation are generally 
safe at all times of the day; however, at night visitors 
should use common sense precautions so as to not become a 
target of opportunity. 
g.  (U) The traffic situation in Auckland can be difficult 
with a moderate amount of congestion.  Visitors are 
advised that traffic drives on the left-hand side of the 
road.  Visitors are advised that traffic accidents are 
common and that it is safe to pull over so that police may 
take an accident report.  However, visitors who experience 
hostility or anti-American sentiment should depart the 
scene immediately and notify the RSO. 
h.  (U) Precautions should also be taken to not discuss 
sensitive or classified information outside secure 
environments or over unsecured and/or cellular telephones, 
and to securely safeguard classified or sensitive 
information at the Chancery and not at hotels or 
i.  (U) Visitors should also be aware of the State 
Department's Consular Information sheet for New Zealand 
and the most recent Worldwide Caution Public 
Announcements, which are available via the Internet at 
j.  (U) In essence, visitors to New Zealand must exercise 
appropriate caution and be alert to their surroundings 
with regard to their personal security.  Suspicious 
incidents/activities should be reported to RSO Wellington 
(Telephone (64)(4)462-6000, 24 hours/day).