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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 7 (November 1, 1928)

Trimming the Red Tape

Trimming the Red Tape.

“In entering New Zealand from Australia, I was amazed by the simple courtesy of His Majesty's servants in their efforts to help us comply with a few sensible legal requirements,” writes Mr. J. E. Hogg (New York), in “American Life.” “They've trimmed the red tape to almost nothing. The Customs officers were almost apologetic for asking me to open the lids of our trunks—and close them again. The immigration officers dismissed us with a few perfunctory questions, and a rubber stamp mark on our passports. The customary examination for mental fitness was waived upon presentation of evidence that I had recently complied with similar regulations in Australia.”

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