New Zealand High Commission Ottawa, Canada


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






OTTAWA, April 17, 2014  


The New Zealand High Commissioner in Ottawa, His Excellency Simon Tucker, today announced the appointment of Stephen Snyder as the New Zealand Honorary Consul in Calgary, Alberta.



The New Zealand film “I'm Going to Mum's” will screen as part of the  TIFF Kids International Film Festival on 19 April. 



An online toolkit is now available for New Zealand exporters to help tell the New Zealand story overseas.


The Hon Simon Bridges, New Zealand Minister of Energy and Resources is to visit Canada 2-7 March 2014.


The New Zealand High Commissioner Simon Tucker hosted a pre-screening of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” to an audience of around 350 people in Ottawa on Wednesday 11th December 2013. 


The New Zealand Youth Choir are to perform in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.  Details about these performances can be found on:

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