Kiwis abroad have been warned that they may be arrested when they come home for Christmas for defaulting on their student loan.
In a statement IRD said a group of Australian-based Kiwis were on the NZ Customs Service alert list, meaning Inland Revenue would be notified on their arrival in the country.
However, it said the arrest warrants were in place “for only the most serious student loan default offenders”.
Inland Revenue Collections Manager Stuart Duff says those in serious default may not be able to leave New Zealand until they have a repayment scheme in place.
“Inland Revenue is urging Kiwis living overseas with unpaid student loan debt to get in contact with us to set up a repayment plan, particularly those thinking about heading home for Christmas.”
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