Posted by: sabrina | August 26, 2009

Tasman-crossing soon easier

New Zealand and Australia are getting closer – literally.

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John Key (left) & Kevin Rudd (right) plan to simplify the Tasman-crossing by introducing SmartGate. (pic: brisbanetimes.com.au)

After the Fiordland earthquake struck New Zealand with a magnitude of 7.8 on July 15, 2009, and brought the country 30 centimetres closer to Australia, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and his Australian counterpart Kevin Rudd (pictured right) are also looking at bringing the two countries closer together.

NEW ZEALAND HERALD: In the future, travellers could cross the Tasman without identity checks. This may be realised with the aid of SmartGate, an electronic system using facial recognition technology to identify passengers.

Mr Key regards the introduction of SmartGate as an important step and Kevin Rudd added that the eventual goal was passport-free travel between the two countries. – read more

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