The cost of applying for a New Zealand adult passport is going up by $8, and by another $17 over the next two years.
Internal Affairs Minister Jan Tinetti confirmed the increases in a statement last week, saying they were the result of a review by her department.
The price of applying for an adult passport was increased from $191 to $199, with child passport costs rising from $111 to $115.
In May next year, the cost will increase further to $206 and $120; and again the following year to $215 and $125.
Tinetti said the number of passport applications had dropped since before the pandemic – from 730,000 in the 2018/19 year to just 150,000 in 2020/21 – which meant the costs of administration were not being covered.
New Zealand adult passports expire after 10 years, and child passports after five years.