New Zealand Embassy and Permanent Mission Vienna, Austria


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:


The following joint press release is issued by the Embassies of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, New Zealand, The United Kingdom and The United States of America:


More than 100 years after being taken from its burial cave in Kāwhia the mummified remains of a high ranking child belonging to the Tainui people is coming home.  The New Zealand Embassy was honoured to participate in a ceremony in the Weltmuseum Wien on Wednesday 20 May 2015 to handover the child and three other sets of Māori ancestral remains to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.


Do you want to have a say on the future of the New Zealand flag?

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. Through these referenda, New Zealanders will be asked:


Ambassador Geels met yesterday with Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, ahead of the official visit of Minister Lajčák to New Zealand next month.  New Zealand and the Slovak Republic discussed their shared values and cooperation as small states on many international issues. Minister Lajčák will visit New Zealand from 28-29 May and will hold talks with Minister Murray McCully.

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