The building

The Chancery building was designed for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the Ministry of Works. The exterior of the Chancery has a uniform shading provided by the dark bronze green finish from the infill panels and bronze window frames. Contrast is given by the vertical copper finished columns.


The accommodation in the Patents Office and later in the MLC Building had been envisaged as temporary measure, as the New Zealand authorities had wished for some time to build a self-contained Chancery which would not only house adequately New Zealand diplomatic staff but also function as a physical statement of New Zealand’s commitment to the Trans-Tasman relationship.

High Commission holidays

The High Commission is closed on the following public holidays. Only emergency consular assistance is available on these days.


Wednesday 1 January - New Year's Day

Thursday 2 January - New Year's Day

Friday 21 February - Father Walter Lini Day

Friday 18 April - Good Friday

Monday 21 April - Easter Monday

Thursday 24 July - Children's Day

Wednesday 30 July - Independence Day

Friday 15 August - Assumption Day

Monday 6 October - Constitution Day

Embassy holidays

Holidays in 2015 to be observed by the New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo.




Day of the Week

New Year's Day & day after New Year’s Day

New Passports

New Zealand Embassies no longer issue Passports. Applications for new Passports now have to be made through the Department of Internal Affairs in Wellington.

The Department of Internal Affairs[external link] has information and application forms online.

You can submit your application and pay your fees through the Embassy in Tehran.

Lost or Stolen Passport?

If your Passport is lost or stolen, the first thing you should do is notify local police and obtain a police report. You will need this police report when you deal with the Iranian government in obtaining permission to leave Iran (exit visa) and also in applying for a new Passport.

Of interest

United Nations Handbook 2015-16

United Nations Handbook

The UN Handbook is a comprehensive guide to the UN system and how it works.  Read more

Prime Minister's media release |

New Zealand wins Security Council seat

New Zealand has secured a place on the UN Security Council for 2015-16. Read the Prime Minister's media release

Registering your overseas travel made easier

Registering your overseas travel made easier

New Zealanders travelling or living overseas, registering your travel online now made easier. Read more

The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal

News about how the donations are contributing to the rebuild, ways to donate and more.