Border alert at Queenstown Airport
JOHN EDENS IN QUEENSTOWN
A Fijian man was arrested at Queenstown Airport yesterday in disguise and carrying a false passport, police said today.
Senior constable Chris Blackford, of Queenstown, said a 53-year-old man was arrested as he tried to leave New Zealand bound for Australia at 4pm.
A border alert was triggered when he allegedly presented a false Australian passport and he was arrested on an outstanding charge of wounding with intent.
Blackford said the man was previously deported from New Zealand.
"He fronted up with a hat, scarf and sunglasses," he said.
"He was using an Aussie passport in a very European name."
The man is expected to appear in the Queenstown District Court later today.