New Zealand High Commission Ottawa, Canada


KEA Toronto will be hosting a New Zealand Wine Tasting on Monday October 18. Click here for more details.


Christchurch is returning to normal after the serious earthquake that struck the city on 4 September.

The state of local emergency that had existed since the earthquake was lifted on 16 September and local authorities are now focusing on recovery and rebuilding. Only a few isolated areas of the city remain cordoned off to the public for safety reasons.

Bus, rail and air services (both domestic and international flights) are running as normal and all schools, universities and other education providers have reopened.


Christchurch is recovering well from the major earthquake on 4 September. New Zealand’s high levels of earthquake preparedness and strong infrastructure have seen essential services quickly restored to most of the affected area.

An area in central Christchurch is cordoned off and this cordon is reviewed daily. The remainder of Christchurch is accessible.

No other areas of New Zealand are affected by the earthquake.


The hurricane season occurs from early June to late November. Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, the east and Gulf coasts of the United States and Maritime and Atlantic Canada are the most threatened areas.

If you plan to travel during the hurricane season, we encourage you to check the following websites:

The National Hurricane Center


Cooler weather and rain across much of British Columbia have calmed wildfires that had forced hundreds from their homes, allowing officials to lift or downgrade many evacuation orders.

We advise New Zealanders currently residing in or visiting Western Canada to view the following local government & news websites for the latest information:


Click here to see Immigration New Zealand's Essential Skills in Demand Lists


Click here to read the latest news from the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology.


Click here to read an article about Auckland teenager Jacko Gill winning the men's shot put at the world junior championships in Moncton.


Two New Zealand based musical groups- Te Vaka and Pacific Curls will be performing at the Mission Folk Music Festival in B.C. from July 23-25. Click here for more information.


Click here to read about the new simplified process for New Zealanders to obtain a BC Licence.

Of interest

United Nations Handbook 2015-16

United Nations Handbook

The UN Handbook is a comprehensive guide to the UN system and how it works.  Read more

Prime Minister's media release |

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.