New Zealand Embassy Rome, Italy


Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed New Zealand taking up its seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

“New Zealand’s term on the Security Council will place us at the heart of international decision-making for the next two years,” Mr McCully says.

“The Security Council is currently considering some of the most pressing issues the international community faces, including; the dire humanitarian situation in Syria, ISIL, and Ebola.


The New Zealand Embassy would like to advise all New Zealand citizens in Italy that there will be a general strike in Italy on Friday, December 12, 2014. All private and public sectors will be involved at different times during the day including all means of transportation. For example, ATAC buses and the Metro will strike from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Embassy is also aware that a protest march has been planned for Rome on Friday 12 December 2014 from 9.00am until 2.00pm.


H.E. Dr Trevor Matheson became the first ambassador of New Zealand to the Republic of Montenegro, with residence in Rome, when he presented Letters of Credence to President Filip Vujanović in the old royal capital of Cetinje on 24 October 2014. 

Welcoming the accreditation of the new ambassador and acknowledging the official visit of Foreign Minister McCully to Podgorica in July, President Vujanović congratulated the ambassador on New Zealand’s recent success in being elected to a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for the 2015-16 term. 


Ambassador Matheson recently made a special trip to the city of Faenza in the province of Ravenna in Emilia-Romagna to return two historical ceramic artifacts that had been taken by a New Zealand soldier during the final stages of the Italian campaign of World War II.  The soldier’s dying wish was for the artifacts to be returned to Faenza which is renowned for its majolica ware glazed earthenware pottery, known from the name of the town as “faience”. 


New Zealand has secured a place on the United Nations Security Council for 2015-16.

Read the Prime Minister's media release


The 11th ASEM Finance Ministers’ Meeting (FinMM11) was held 11-12 September 2014 in Milan, Italy.  Finance Ministers from 49 member countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) attended the biennial meeting to exchange views on global economic issues and further opportunities for economic cooperation between Asia and Europe.   


On Friday 3 October at 18.45 young New Zealand opera singers will be singing 'Arias in Piazza' featuring some of the best-loved Opera Arias. The concert will take place at the Teatro Francesco Torti in Bevagna.

Before the concert it will be possible to visit the exhibition of talented New Zealand artist Alison Ryde who will be showing her works at the Hotel Palazzo Brunamori in Bevagna.


The United Nations Handbook 2014/2015 is now available.

It is now possible to download the mobile app, the pdf or order a printed copy.


New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully announced that up to 100 young New Zealanders will be able to spend a year in Croatia following the signing of a reciprocal working holiday scheme.


In recognition of the unprecedented scale of flooding in the Central Balkans region in May 2014 and the enormous burden of reconstruction, recovery and clean-up faced by the respective governments of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Murray McCully informed ministerial interlocutors during his July travels to the region of the New Zealand Government’s decision to make modest contributions to the international flood relief effort.

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