A Christchurch international student who tried to smuggle food into the country almost introduced another unwanted visitor into the country.
Quarantine officials found dried kumara and pork-filled buns hidden in two large bags of tea when the Burnside High School student's baggage was inspected.
The 16-year-old arrived at Christchurch International airport from China on Friday.
The Ministry of Primary Industries says when a more in depth inspection was carried out a cockroach escaped from the bag and ran across the search bench, before being captured.
The passenger was younger than 17 so no legal action can be taken.