Police in Northland have seized nearly half a tonne of methamphetamine in Kaitaia, with a street value of around $448 million.
It's 34 percent more than all the meth police recovered in 2015, and they say it's "without a doubt" the biggest bust in New Zealand's history.
three men have been arrested and will appear in Kaitaia District Court on Tuesday, jointly charged with importing Class A drugs and possession for supply of a Class A drug, namely methamphetamine.
A joint police and Customs investigation is now underway as to where the meth came from and where it was headed. They believe the drugs have been retrieved from the waters off 90 Mile Beach, as many of the bags showed signs of exposure to salt water.