Border Patrol

Yes, I did just write that headline. Amazingly, an average audience of only 271,810 viewers tuned in for The X Factor elimination last night. While you could look at the data and say, well, the ratings for Monday night’s eliminations are up, except for last week’s show, the numbers are practically flat and certainly well down on the audition phase of the series.

So what does this mean? I’d suggest that the buzz around the show is internal. Mediaworks might be pushing the series across its vast network of radio stations but having the biggest radio audience doesn’t appear to translate into TV viewers.

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7:30pm Monday, October 8 on TV One

Border Patrol – the local series that takes you behind the scenes of border security – returns to TV ONE. Follow the work of the New Zealand Customs Service, and the Ministry of Primary Industries on New Zealand’s frontlines.

Tonight, a man with a fake passport tries to get the better of Customs officers, but they weren’t born yesterday.

A first time traveller to New Zealand faces having to get on a flight straight back home.

And an exotic shipment provides the Ministry of Primary Industries officers with a lot of work.

7:30pm Monday, September 17 on TV One

Border Patrol – the local series that takes you behind the scenes of border security – returns to TV ONE. Follow the work of the New Zealand Customs Service, and the Ministry of Primary Industries on New Zealand’s frontlines.

Customs officers continue to fight against drug smuggling at airports and international mail centres. But drugs are not the only threat Customs faces, as staff are kept on their toes with fake passports and credit cards, fraudsters, and those with sinister reasons for entering New Zealand.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Primary Industries deals with a constant barrage of undeclared food items, insects, plant material and animal products that could cripple our home grown industries.

Missed Border Patrol? This programme is available online. Go to www.tvnz.co.nz and click ‘on demand’.

Photo: New Zealand’s safety is the Border Patrol team’s top priority.

7:30pm Monday, June 21 on TV One

New Zealand’s border is constantly under threat and keeping those borders safe is the work of the New Zealand Customs Service, and MAF Bio-security New Zealand. Border Patrol (tonight at 7.30pm on TV ONE) follows these men and women who monitor the thousands of passengers arriving from overseas every day, of every week.

In episode one an elderly couple from Fiji make their first trip out of the country for their son’s wedding in Auckland, and are stopped by Customs for carrying a package of kava powder used for making a local Fijian drink. Naively, they agreed to carry the package for a woman in Nadi airport who told them they could avoid excess baggage payments by delivering the package to a man named Bill who would pay them.

Assistant Chief Customs Operator Nick, suspecting something irregular in the baggage x-ray says, “there is a large quantity of white tablets as I thought there would be, they’ve even supplied us with what they are – pseudoephedrine – as we are quite well aware of in New Zealand, one of the pre-cursor chemicals for P.”

Senior Customs Officer, Mark says “this is just a classic case of na�ve, innocent people being taken advantage of at the airport and asked to bring packages over and they’re ignorant to what is actually going on here in society.”

This year the war against ‘P’ is a major focus for Customs Officers. With over one tonne of pseudoephedrine seized at the border in 2009, Customs and its allied agencies track down those responsible for bringing this dangerous drug across the border.

Highlights of the new series include; Customs busting a traveller trying to leave with geckos and skinks concealed inside his underwear; and MAF’s transportation of two 500-kilogram crocodiles, multi-million dollar racehorses, and some stowaway starfish.

In episode one, a passenger stashes a million dollars worth of crystal meth in an airport toilet; and two travellers spark an explosives alert.

CRIME & INVESTIGATION – Saturday 3 January, 5.30pm

Along one of the most highly trafficked borders in the world, the US South Border Patrol guards must be watchful 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Explore first hand, the gritty world of the

US-Mexican Border Patrol and their state-of-the art detection, inspection, surveillance and Intelligence systems.