New Zealand High Commission Ottawa, Canada


Two damaging aftershocks hit Christchurch on June 13th. There have been no reported fatalities, but there is significant damage to infrastructure and buildings.

The first aftershock was a magnitude 5.5 and struck at 1300, 10 km east of Christchurch at Taylor's Mistake beach, at a depth of 11 km. It was followed at 1420 by a magnitude 6 quake, centred 10 km southeast of the city at a depth of 9 km.

There is no indication at this point that any foreign nationals have been affected in this event.




Environment Canada's Canadian Hurricane Centre is encouraging people to prepare for what is expected to be another active hurricane season.

The United States' National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that the level of hurricane activity in the North Atlantic Ocean will again be above normal. U.S. info can be found at:


During the Canada Post strike our office will be accepting visa applications by courier.

We suggest sending your application to the High Commission in Ottawa by FedEx, UPS, DHL or Purolator during the Canada Post strike to ensure your application is delivered to our office.

We also ask that you include a pre paid return courier envelope or waybill so we can return your passport by the same courier service.


New Zealand Film "Boy" is playing at Dreamspeakers Film Festival June 1-4 in Edmonton.


New Zealand’s Got Talent (Trilogy of Trilogies) will be playing at the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) on Saturday June 4 at 7:30 pm.



Please find below information on the Government response, the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, donations, information for travellers intending to visit New Zealand, and upcoming Fundraisers in Canada:


The New Zealand High Commission and Australian High Commission, in partnership with the Canadian War Museum, are hosting a memorial ceremony to mark the 96th anniversary of ANZAC Day.

The ceremony follows the lines of a traditional remembrance service in the presence of senior Government of Canada officials and representatives, the Ottawa diplomatic and military community and members of the public. The service will be followed by a gunfire breakfast in the Museum's cafeteria.


For the latest information on the flooding in Manitoba please check the following websites:


HANDS UP 4 NZ! - a fundraiser event in support of the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal 2011.

On February 22, 2011, at 12:51 pm, the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, and surrounding areas struck by a major earthquake that claimed at least 165 lives, injured hundreds of people, and caused billions of dollars in damage.

To help victims of the quake, the Down Under Club of Winnipeg (DUCW) is partnering with the Canadian Red Cross to organise an evening of remembrance and fundraising on:


New Zealand High Commissioner Andrew Needs has posted his latest blog entitled "Earthquake fundraisers in Canada".  You can read his blog and see photographs from the event on MFAT website.

Of interest

United Nations Handbook 2015-16

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New Zealand wins Security Council seat

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

Registering your overseas travel made easier

Registering your overseas travel made easier

New Zealanders travelling or living overseas, registering your travel online now made easier. Read more

Remembering World War I
100 Years On

Be part of the first World War Centenary. Read more

The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal

News about how the donations are contributing to the rebuild, ways to donate and more.