New Zealand High Commission Suva, Fiji
What the High Commission does
New Zealand and Fiji have longstanding and close links through our shared history, culture, migration, business, education and sport.
The New Zealand High Commission in Suva is the face of the New Zealand Government in Fiji as well as its representative office to Tuvalu and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. Its role is to manage the New Zealand relationship with Fiji, Tuvalu and other regional and international partners based in Fiji, and to convey the New Zealand Government’s views on key issues.
The office of Immigration New Zealand (INZ) in Suva serves Fiji and other countries in the region, and handles visa applications for persons in Fiji wishing to travel to New Zealand. Approximately 15,000 applications are processed by the INZ Suva office on an annual basis.
New Zealand is one of the largest aid donors in the Pacific. The New Zealand Aid Programme at the High Commission in Suva plays an important role in managing the aid relationships with Fiji, Tuvalu and Pacific regional organisations and agencies.
Fiji is a close neighbour and New Zealand is committed to helping the people of Fiji through our programme of international development assistance. New Zealand’s Official Development Assistance to Fiji includes disaster risk reduction and improving livelihoods and economic opportunities for the people of Fiji, particularly in disadvantaged communities, including informal settlements. New Zealand is also on hand to help in times of emergency or when disaster strikes as has occured after floods and cyclones in recent years. New Zealand also provides significant development assistance to Fiji through other programmes, including regional organisations and the Partnerships Fund.
The High Commission has traditionally had an important role in facilitating trade and investment between New Zealand and Fiji. New Zealand is a major source of tourists for Fiji’s tourism sector, which is a key income earner for many in Fiji. Key trade commodities exported from New Zealand to Fiji are NZ$356m.
The links between Fiji and New Zealand run deep and over the years both countries have developed a long and treasured history. The New Zealand High Commission continues to play an important part in fostering this relationship.