Customs had a busy 2017 intercepting drugs at our borders, seizing $1 billion worth, nearly a tonne, bound for our communities.
Methamphetamine and its precursor ephedrine made up the bulk of the seizures, at nearly 897kg, while cocaine, MDMA, cannabis, LSD, Class C analogues, psychoactive substances, and over 238,000 "items" such as tabs and pills.
"I congratulate Customs for stopping over a tonne of illicit drugs entering the country preventing potential harm to New Zealanders - this is fantastic work,'' says Customs Minister Meka Whaitiri.
"When I started in my role as minister, I was clear to my officials about keeping methamphetamine off our streets - it's pleasing to know these seizures would have stopped many criminals in their tracks.
"More importantly, these seizures have protected our families and the wider community from a considerable amount of potential harm."