New Zealand Embassy and Permanent Mission Vienna, Austria


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. 


Standing in a small test facility on the roof of the United Nations buildings proves the point that you can find Kiwis going about their work in the most unique places in Vienna.

It is a wet and windy day to be so high up but for Owen Kilgour, who was born in Lower Hutt and raised on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, a little wind and rain does not faze him.


The UN Women’s Guild in Vienna is again organising the hugely popular annual International Festival Bazaar, to be held on Saturday 28 November 2015. Over 80 countries will offer special food, drink and gift items unique to their culture. The Bazaar is for a great cause, with proceeds from sales going to charity. Entry is free.

The New Zealand and Australia stall is always hugely popular, famous for its delicious mini pavlovas. But they need your support to keep up with the demand!


Vienna is a long way away from New Zealand, so New Zealanders are scarce in the Austrian capital. Although there are relatively few New Zealanders working in international organisations in Vienna, if you know where to look some Kiwis can be found making a life for themselves in Vienna’s international community. We will be profiling several of these New Zealanders over the coming months.

One of these is Dan Travers, an IT specialist who has been working for the Secretariat of the Wassenaar Arrangement for the past 12 years.


New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister Bill English has announced that a fifth alternative flag option has been added to the first postal referendum ballot paper with the passing of the New Zealand Flag Referendums Amendment Bill.

Mr English said that the Red Peak design would be added to the original four flag designs.


On the evening of 22 September Ambassador Deborah Geels, along with her Australian and Turkish counterparts, opened the Gallipoli photo exhibition at the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum in Vienna.

More than 200 dignitaries and guests attended the opening of the photo exhibition commemorating 100 years since the Battle of Gallipoli where Turkish forces fought off New Zealand, Australian and other Allied troops during the months of 1915 resulting in high casualties on both sides.


Mr President

At the outset, let me offer New Zealand’s congratulations to you on the assumption of the Presidency of this year’s General Conference.  I assure you and your Vice-Presidents of New Zealand’s full cooperation in our collective work to make this conference a success.


New Zealand together with Australia and Turkey are pleased to present the first ever joint photo exhibition of the first World War Gallipoli campaign in Austria, at the Heeresgeschichtlichen Museum in Vienna.


As part of WW100, the ongoing project to commemorate New Zealand’s participation in World War I, a monologue performance about Austrian pacifist Bertha von Suttner, ‘Soul on Fire: She Fought for Peace’, will be performed throughout New Zealand.


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:

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