New Zealand Embassy & Mission to the European Union, Brussels, Belgium


The holy grail of rugby manuals is being sent by New Zealand to the Passchendaele Memorial Museum, which is reopening on 12 July 2013 after painstaking redevelopments.


New Zealand sculptor Helen Pollock's 'Falls the Shadow' is a powerful depiction of the tragedies that occurred here in Belgium nearly a hundred years ago.


Next year the town of Messines in West Flanders will be opening a brand new museum.  The museum will cover the full (>1000 year) history of the town but will also have a particular focus on the battle of Messines in early June 1917, in which the New Zealand Division played such a prominent role. 


Change to receiving office for visas in Western Europe

From 10 December 2012, the New Zealand Embassy in Brussels will no longer receive and process visa applications on behalf of Immigration New Zealand. All applications that were previously received by these Embassies should be sent by mail or courier to the Immigration New Zealand Visa Application Centre (VAC) in London.


The Embassy will be closed on 20 May for Whit Monday and will re-open on Tuesday 21 May.


New Zealand comedian Bob Maclaren is set to take the stage in Brussels this week when he appears as the headliner for the International Comedy Night at the Kings of Comedy Club Brussels.


The 31th Edition of the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival is taking place in Brussels from 2 April to 13 April 2013.

Venue: Palais des Beaux Arts, Rue Ravenstein, 1000 Brussels

During the special night of the Festival (Saturday 6 to Sunday 7 April) the New Zealand Film "Fresh Meat" by Danny Mulheron will be screened at 03:00AM.

More information about the Festival can be found on


As in past years, Anzac Day 2013 will start with a joint Australia/New Zealand (A/NZ) dawn service at the Buttes New British Cemetery at Polygon Wood.


Anzac Commemorations will be held in West Flanders on Thursday 25 April 2013; there will be  a series of ceremonies organised in partnership with the Australian Embassy to Belgium and the local communities of Ieper (Ypres), Mesen (Messines) and Zonnebeke.


The remains of an unknown soldier from the First World War were discovered during excavations in April 2012 in Mesen, West Flanders.  Based on objects recovered with the remains including unit insignia as well as the location of the find, the remains were accepted in August 2012 as that of an unidentified New Zealand soldier.

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