New Zealand High Commission Ottawa, Canada

What the High Commission does

The New Zealand High Commission is charged with carrying out the New Zealand Government’s business with Canada. The High Commissioner is also accredited to Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

The primary focus of the High Commission’s work is managing New Zealand’s political, economic, trade, security and other relations in Canada.

New Zealand has close bilateral ties with Canada, sharing a Commonwealth heritage and similar traditions and parliamentary and legal systems. The countries have mutually supportive relationships in many international fora based on shared values and similar outlooks.

The High Commission works to build on these linkages to see greater trade and economic engagement and connectivity between New Zealand and Canada; nurture and maintain the defence and security relationships; and facilitate foreign policy cooperation bilaterally as well as in various regional and multilateral fora. The High Commission also delivers consular and visa services.

The High Commission is staffed by New Zealanders from the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Wellington and a team of locally engaged staff.

There is a New Zealand Honorary Consul in Toronto, Ontario who provides a focal point for New Zealand interests in Canada’s largest city, especially in facilitating contacts with business and political communities, and delivering information and assistance as requested by the High Commission.

The New Zealand Consulate-General in Vancouver, British Columbia, has a focus on aspects of the work of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise in North America. NZTE is the Government agency charged with helping New Zealand businesses achieve success in New Zealand and in the global marketplace. Trade enquiries should be directed to the Consulate-General. Enquiries are welcome from parties interested in sourcing products and services from New Zealand.

Other New Zealand Government agencies working in Canada:

Some regional offices of New Zealand Government agencies are located in the US and cover Canada in their area of responsibility:
New Zealand Defence Force, New Zealand Customs Service, New Zealand Police (liaison), and the Ministry of Science and Innovation, all based in the New Zealand Embassy in Washington DC.
Tourism New Zealand’s office is based in Los Angeles.

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