New Zealand High Commission Canberra, Australia


Just because you are out of the country doesn’t mean you have to miss out on having your say in two binding referendums on the future of the New Zealand flag. 


New Zealanders will have a fifth choice in the first postal referendum to rank potential alternative flag designs, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says.

“Parliament has voted by an overwhelming majority to have an additional, fifth option added to the first postal referendum ballot paper with the passing of the New Zealand Flag Referendums Amendment Bill.


The Flag Consideration Panel has announced the four alternative flag designs for New Zealanders to rank in the first binding referendum. The designs can be viewed at

Later this year and early next year, New Zealanders enrolled to vote will be asked to participate in two postal referenda to consider the future of the New Zealand flag:

1. to keep the current flag or adopt the preferred alternative design.

2. to rank the shortlist of four alternative flag designs


New Zealand is proud to partner with the African Union Commission to produce the African Union Handbook 2015. In a significant development, this edition has been published in both English and French.


Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed New Zealand taking up its seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

“New Zealand’s term on the Security Council will place us at the heart of international decision-making for the next two years,” Mr McCully says.

“The Security Council is currently considering some of the most pressing issues the international community faces, including; the dire humanitarian situation in Syria, ISIL, and Ebola.


New Zealand has secured a place on the United Nations Security Council for 2015-16.

Read the Prime Minister's media release


Kiwis living in Australia are urged to address repayments of their student loan debt by 30 September as new rules which introduced higher repayment obligations for overseas-based borrowers take effect.


An online toolkit is now available for New Zealand exporters to help tell the New Zealand story overseas.


13 January 2014

The Attorney-General, the Hon George Brandis QC, today announced that the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment will be provided to eligible residents affected by bushfires in the Local Government Area of Mundaring in Western Australia.

Eligible people can claim a payment of $1,000 per adult and $400 for each child.

“The Disaster Recovery Payment provides much-needed assistance to those most affected by this disaster,” Senator Brandis said.


Assistance for employees, small business persons and farmers who experience a loss of income as a direct result of the NSW Bushfires October 2013.

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