New Zealand Embassy Santiago, Chile


The Chilean National Emergency Office (ONEMI) has lowered the official alert for the Hudson volcano from Red to Yellow. The alert remains in force for the regions of Aysén, Río Ibáñez and Chile Chico (all in southern Chile).  

While seismic activity in the area of the Hudson volcano has reduced substantially, the alert notice emphasizes that the earlier episode appears to be part of an ongoing process which could again become a major eruption. 


The New Zealand Ambassador Rosemary Paterson, together with the Executive Director of the Forum of Chilean Higher Education (AEQUALIS), former Chilean Minister of Education Monica Jimenez de la Jara, hosted a meeting at the Embassy in August on Maori qualifications and quality assurance.


The Chilean Minister of Environment, María Ignacia Benítez Pereira visited New Zealand between the 24 and 27 of September. During her visit, the Minister met with the New Zealand Minister of Enviornment, Hon Nick Smith and the Minister Responsible for Climate Change Negotiations, Hon Tim Groser.


The WHS for 2011/12 is closed. 1000 applications are currently being processed, but this does not mean that they will all be approved, and there may be opportunities further ahead to receive further applications. In the meantime, we suggest that you keep checking the website from time to time. We will put a message on this website once all the places are taken.


Scholarship applications’ deadline has been extended until 12 October 2011.
Over 350 potential students attended the event organised by CONICYT  to promote the Becas Chile Masters in Education Scholarships.

Further information about these scholarships is available at  


Ongoing protest action by student and teacher unions over the financing of the public education system has increased the danger to New Zealanders visiting tourist attractions in the centre of Santiago. 


The Embassy was pleased to support the international seminar "Indigenous Women: Their contribution and leadership in distinct indigenous social processes" organised by Women's Commission of the Santiago Regional Indigenous Board and held to celebrate the International Day of Indigenous Women.



Chileans or foreigners with permanent residence in Chile, who hold the title of professor or educator, practising in subsidised educational establishments (municipal or private subsidised secondary schools governed by Decree 3166) and have academic excellence.


The Embassy has commissioned a report on business opportunities in Peru from the International Trade Association of Peru (COMEXPERU).
New Zealand and Peru are currently negotiating a free trade agreement as part of the Trans Pacific Partnership, which will increase the opportunities available to New Zealand businesses in this market. For the latest on these negotiations see:


The fees that Immigration New Zealand charges for immigration services have changed on 29 August 2011. The changes will only affect payments made outside New Zealand.

We are changing the fees because currency exchange rates have changed significantly in recent months.

We remind you that the New Zealand Embassy in Santiago only accepts payments in US Dollars from outside Chile and in Chilean pesos only if payments are made within Chile.

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