New Zealand Embassy Vienna, Austria


A Parliamentary by-election to elect a Member of Parliament for the general electorate of Northland is being held on Saturday 28 March 2015.


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.


Joseph Gordon Coates was at the forefront of New Zealand’s politics for a key period of the twentieth century. Regarded for his courage, compassion and dedication to putting his country first, he was an influential decision-maker on many things New Zealanders now take for granted including hydroelectricity and the national grid, completion of the rail and road systems, the establishment of the first Māori Trust Boards and the Reserve Bank. He was included in a list of 60 ‘makers of NZ’ in the years 1930 to 1990. 


George Bollinger enlisted with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force nine days after the First World War was declared. As the son of German immigrants who came to New Zealand in the 1880s, rumours began to surface about his background. Within a month of his enlistment the Defence Department received a complaint about his supposed German sympathies. An investigation found him to be of ‘very good’ character.



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.


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. 


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

Read the Prime Minister's media release


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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