New Zealand Embassy Vienna, Austria


Ettie Rout was a woman ahead of her time. Promoting ‘safer sex’ with First World War New Zealand and Australian soldiers long before the term was even invented, her work was ground- breaking and saved lives.


This article was originally published 3 March 2014

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New Zealand has a long history of pacifism involving ordinary people standing up for what they believe in. The Moriori people living on the Chatham Islands were opposed to war and violence for hundreds of years. Parihaka, a Māori community in Taranaki, practised pacifism. In 1987 New Zealand became Nuclear Free, the first officially anti-nuclear country in the developed world.

Many New Zealanders have however paid a heavy price for their beliefs.  Archibald Baxter was one such man.


In 1902, Hēnare Kōhere was selected to join the Māori section of the New Zealand contingent to attend the coronation of King Edward VII.  Hēnare trained the contingent and led the haka at the coronation. This reflected a bond with King and country that began well before World War One. 


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In July the Vienna Embassy team was delighted to attend performances of the highly-acclaimed Westlake Girls and Boys High Schools combined musical groups in Vienna and Budapest.  The groups, comprising 140 talented students, spent the first half of July entertaining audiences in a number of cities across Germany, Austria and Hungary. 


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Ambassador Deborah Geels presented her credentials to President of the Republic of Hungary János Áder at Sándor Palace in Budapest on 3 June.


Anzac Day commemorations for 2013 will take place on Thursday 25 April in both Austria and Hungary.

The service in Austria will be held at 11am in the Karlskirche, Karlsplatz, 1040 Vienna, and in Hungary at 10am at the Solymár Commonwealth War Cemetery (Katonai Temető), Solymár (Bécsi út). All are welcome to attend.



The newly appointed Ambassador of New Zealand to Austria, H.E. Deborah Geels, presented her credentials to the Federal President of the Republic of Austria, H.E. Dr Heinz Fischer, on 5 April 2013.

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