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Fees for all New Zealand passports increase from 1 March 2019.

Lodged in New Zealand                                     CHILD            ADULT
Standard Service (up to 10 working days)       NZD $111.00  NZD $191.00
Urgent Service (up to 3 working days)             NZD $302.00 NZD $382.00
Callout Service (by appointment only)             NZD $695.00 NZD $775.00

Application fees are regulated by the Passport (Fees) Regulations 2015.

Remember, it’s faster and easier for most people to apply online. For more information, visit www.passports.govt.nz.

Your Mondo Travel Specialist can assist with online applications (new and/or renewal)

Source: Internal Affairs

Image: newshub.co.nz  

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Vanuatu: Ambae volcano has no effect on tourists 

Vanuatu Tourism Office and Air Vanuatu says that international tourism is unlikely to be effected by the volcanic activity on Ambae Island.

In a statement NF says: ‘Whilst not wishing to make light of the situation in Ambae, currently approximately 8000 people have been evacuated
from the eastern side of the island as volcanic ash is contaminating the water supplies.

‘The alert is on a relatively confined basis and this is not currently affecting air services either to Ambae itself or the rest of the Air Vanuatu network.’

VTO’s new Zealand rep Jacquie Carson says Ambae is a small island in the Penma Province, not highly visited

by tourists. ‘The situation on Ambae is not impacting other more populated and tourist focussed destinations. Tanna volcano remains accessible to visitors and its operations have not been affected.’ 

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Thanks to an objectively sweet promotion from the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Dessert, Calif., guests can now have a whopping 10-pound pink doughnut delivered straight to their door. As the main event of the hotel’s new $219 “Donut Disturb” package, the hefty treat, which measures three feet wide by a foot high, will be wheeled straight to the room with a side of milkshakes when guests are ready for a serious sugar high.

While the lines are fine as to whether the confection is a technically a donut or a cake, FoodBeast reports that the layers of Tahitian vanilla cake, cream, and raspberry jelly smothered with pink cream frosting, macaron crisps and sprinkles classify it as "Homer Simpson's version of heaven."

Included with the purchase of the Donut Disturb package, guests also receive a $50 hotel credit for the spa, dining, or golfing — though it would likely prove difficult to get up from the couch, let alone golf, after chowing down on the doughnut.

Source: Fox News

Image: J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

 

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