New Zealand High Commission Ottawa, Canada


UPDATE: New Zealand and Canada have agreed to formally extend the Working Holiday Scheme between our two countries. All eligible participants in the Working Holiday Scheme will be allowed to live and work in Canada or New Zealand for up to 23 months. 

Eligible Canadians Citizens

To benefit from the application of this new Arrangement, Canadian citizens will be required to meet the following requirements: 


ANZAC Day - April 25 - is Australia and New Zealand’s most important day of commemoration. The day marks the anniversary of the first major military action of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during World War I, on 25 April 1915 in Gallipoli, Turkey. The anniversary is commemorated annually in Australia, New Zealand and in many countries around the world. 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, an event which was crucial in shaping our national identities.


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.


The New Zealand High Commission in Ottawa will be closed from midday, Wednesday 24th December, 2014 and re-open on Monday 5th January, 2015.


The New Zealand High Commission hosted an advance screening of the “Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” in Ottawa on Monday 15 December.    The final instalment of the Hobbit Trilogy was warmly received by around 300 hobbit  fans, including Members of Parliament, government officials and the media.  Guests were provided with a dinner box containing kiwi style meat pies and lamingtons from Ta Pies in Montreal and fine wines were provided by Oyster Bay


Customs Minister Nicky Wagner announced today that SmartGate is now open to Canadian ePassport holders.

“This automated passenger processing technology has gone from strength to strength since it was introduced in 2009 and it’s great to now open it to Canadian visitors,” Ms Wagner said.

“About 75,000 passengers are now using the technology on arrival and departure each week, and Customs welcomed the ten millionth SmartGate user at Auckland International Airport in September.


Prime Minister John Key has expressed his deepest sympathies to those affected by this morning’s events in Canada.
“The reasons behind the fatal shooting in Ottawa this morning are not yet known, but it is clearly a senseless act of violence,” says John Key.
“I wish to extend New Zealand’s sincere condolences to the people of Canada who will be shaken by this violent act.”
“I will personally extend those thoughts and wishes to Prime Minister Harper.


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

Read the Prime Minister's media release

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New Zealand has secured a place on the UN Security Council for 2015-16. Read the Prime Minister's media release

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