New Zealand High Commission Canberra, Australia
What the High Commission does
The High Commission houses staff representing a number of agencies:
- New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- New Zealand Customs
- New Zealand Defence
- New Zealand Police
The work we do
Political, economic and trade relations
The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade works to make New Zealand's voice heard overseas and contributes directly to the security and well-being of all New Zealanders. The Ministry, through its diplomatic service, is charged by Government to ensure that New Zealand's voice is heard abroad and that security and economic interests are advanced and protected (from MFAT website). The Ministry is also a channel through which the New Zealand Government promotes its international agenda and deals with other countries and organisations.
The High Commission in Canberra promotes and protects New Zealand’s political, economic and trade interests in Australia, including through the promotion of foreign and trade policy cooperation and the deepening and broadening of economic linkages. New Zealand and Australia also often work closely together in international forums and the High Commission assists in the facilitation of such engagement.
The High Commission also provides consular assistance to resident and visiting New Zealanders, including emergency assistance and advice in the case of arrests, hospitalisation or loss of passports. It is important to be aware however, that the High Commission is limited in what it can do and does not have funds available for those who fall into financial difficulty.