New Zealand Embassy Santiago, Chile
What the Embassy does
The New Zealand Embassy in Chile represents the New Zealand Government in Chile, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador. It works to strengthen the political, economic and commercial, and cultural links between New Zealand and these countries, and to provide consular services to New Zealanders. The Embassy is staffed by seconded and local staff representing the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, and Education New Zealand.
In the political sphere, the Embassy has the objective of bringing New Zealand closer to Chile, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador through promoting policy dialogue focusing on sectors such as Agriculture, Energy, Environment and Education. It supports regular visits and exchanges aimed at achieving mutually beneficial outcomes in these areas with government, business and academia. It also supports the negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) is co-located with the Embassy. NZTE is New Zealand’s international business development agency, whose role is to help New Zealand businesses build strategic alliances and develop commercial relationships internationally. Through a global network of 45 offices, NZTE connects New Zealand businesses with the world, sharing opportunities, knowledge, experience and networks.
The Embassy promotes educational links between New Zealand and its countries of accreditation. Education New Zealand is tasked to deliver strategies, programmes, and activities for promoting, together with providers and other government agencies, New Zealand education overseas. It is represented by two Market Development Managers based at the Embassy.
In the consular field, the objective of the Embassy is to protect the rights of New Zealand citizens and to ensure their well-being abroad. The Embassy helps New Zealanders in distress, including in the case of natural disasters, as well as with the renewal of their passports or the issue of emergency travel documents. The Embassy also assists people who want to obtain citizenship by descent. Other services such as authentication of New Zealand documents are also provided.
In addition, the Embassy legalises documents issued by Chilean Authorities to be used in New Zealand. A translation into English and authentication in the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a requirement before presenting them to the Embassy.
The New Zealand Embassy in Chile is accredited in Peru, Ecuador and Colombia and there are Honorary Consuls in Lima and Bogota.