New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia
New Zealand Embassy consular services outlined at ANZA
"Helping New Zealanders when things go wrong" is the role of the New Zealand Consul, Peter Nunan and his Consular Officer at the New Zealand Embassy in Jakarta.
Registering on the New Zealand Government Safetravel website is highly recommended before travelling overseas, said Mr Nunan who spoke recently at the Australia & New Zealand Association (ANZA) in Jakarta.
Other advice was "please keep in contact regularly with family and friends at home, especially immediately following any disaster or emergency that may happen near your location”, he said.
“Family and friends hearing of any crisis or emergencies in the media overseas do make contact with Consular Officers in New Zealand concerning their relatives that may or may not be in affected areas.”
Mr Nunan also went on to give examples on the types of assistance that may be provided when things go wrong for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas.
“New Zealand Embassies and High Commissions can provide a list of lawyers should you get into trouble with local authorities advise your family of prison contact details.”
Following the death of a New Zealand citizen they can give advice to family on funeral directors and procedures and costs for repatriation or local cremation if that is an option, said Mr Nunan
“If you find yourself in financial difficulties a Consular Officer can assist you to contact friends or family to send you money, provide advice on passport replacement and issue Emergency Travel Documents when required.”
Another key message Mr Nunan stressed was “if you cannot afford travel insurance you cannot afford to travel.”
“Consular Staff can assist by advising family in New Zealand, assist in contacting an insurer and providing information on local hospitals and helping friends or family with transferring money.”
“Locating missing persons is usually a Police matter, and New Zealand Embassies and High Commissions can normally only assist if the missing person is brought to the attention of Consular Staff by local authorities.”
Embassies and High Commissions can also perform notarial services, take Affidavits, Affirmations and Statutory Declarations, as well as witness signatures.