New Zealand Embassy Rome, Italy


On 23 June, Minister McCully met with Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić in Belgrade. It was the first official visit by a New Zealand minister to Serbia since the normalisation of diplomatic ties between the two countries in the 1990s.


In May this year the New Zealand Embassy will  be commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the battles of Monte Cassino, and more generally, New Zealand's involvement in the Italian Campaign of the Second World War.


The New Zealand exhibition for commemoration and peace, Legato, forms part of the commemorations for the seventieth anniversary of the end of the battles for Cassino. Over 150 artworks and photographs by 37 New Zealanders will be on display in two venues in Cassino. The exhibition is also being supported by the Ngati Ranana culture group from London.


On 30 March 2014, the New Zealand Ambassador, Dr. Trevor Matheson, was invited by the Mayor of Colle San Magno, Dr. Antonio di Noto, in the Frosinone Province of Italy to participate in a special WWII service of commemoration followed by a concert featuring the Italian Army Brass Band.


An online toolkit is now available for New Zealand exporters to help tell the New Zealand story overseas.


On 5 October 2013, the New Zealand Ambassador, Dr. Trevor Matheson, was invited by the Mayor of Colle San Magno in Frosinone Province to attend the inauguration of the town’s new Living Memory Museum. 

A small town located on the slopes of Mount Cairo some 20 kilometres north of Monte Cassino, Colle San Magno represented the hinge between the Gustav and Hitler defensive lines and was the scene of many bloody battles during WWII.  


The receiving office for New Zealand visa applications is about to change. From 10 December 2012, applications can no longer be lodged with the New Zealand Embassy in Rome, and instead need to be sent to the New Zealand Visa Application Centre operated by TT Services, Immigration New Zealand’s agent, in London. If you reside in the UK, you can submit your application to the VAC in person.

Applications are only required from people who need a visa to visit New Zealand. Visitors from visa waiver countries, including Italy, can travel to New Zealand visa free.


New Zealand reached a landmark decision in June 2013 to resume funding to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and has announced a contribution of US$1.2 million for the Ninth Replenishment of the Fund’s resources (IFAD9). The decision reflects New Zealand’s dedication to supporting rural development, particularly in the poorest and most fragile states of Africa, thus contributing to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world.


From Monday, 2 September 2013, the New Zealand Visa Application Centre (VAC) in London will operate from a new location.


by Hon Paula Bennett, Minister for Social Development and Employment

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