New Zealand Embassy Manila, The Philippines
What the Embassy does
The Embassy consists of staff from:
- New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Immigration New Zealand
- New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
All agencies are located at the New Zealand Embassy.
The work we do
- Political, economic and trade relations
- Consular assistance
- Official development assistance
- Trade and investment promotion
- Other New Zealand Government agencies working in the Philippines
Political, economic and trade relations
The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade advances and protects New Zealand’s security and prosperity interests abroad. It is the channel through which the New Zealand Government promotes its international agenda and deals with other countries and organisations.
New Zealand’s political objectives advanced by the Embassy in Manila include promoting foreign policy cooperation with the Philippines Government — strengthening linkages both bilaterally and between New Zealand and the wider Asian region. The Embassy also fosters cultural and people-to-people links between New Zealand and the Philippines.
The Embassy works to enhance New Zealand’s economic interests in the Philippines. It also maintains effective liaison with the Philippine Government on economic issues such as APEC and implementing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement. Negotiating bilateral trade access is an important part of the Embassy’s work, as the Philippines is one of New Zealand’s top 20 most important goods export markets.
The Embassy provides consular assistance to resident and visiting New Zealanders, including emergency assistance and advice in case of arrests, hospitalisation or loss of passports.
Official development assistance
The New Zealand Aid Programme is the New Zealand Government's international aid and development programme, and is managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
In the Philippines, the New Zealand Aid Programme contributes to the efforts of the Philippines Government and its people to reduce poverty through sustainable economic development.
Ambassador Reuben Levermore
Deputy Head of Mission Justin Allen
Administration Manager Beni Alcantara
Manager - New Zealand Aid Programme Joseph Imperial
Telephone: (+63) 2 891-5358
Fax: (+63) 2 891-5357
Trade and investment promotion
The Embassy’s overseas trade and investment promotion office is staffed by a Trade Commissioner and other staff from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE). It provides assistance to New Zealand exporters, and promotes New Zealand and its capabilities to potential customers and investors.
The trade and investment promotion office provides Filipino buyers, importers and distributors with information on what New Zealand businesses have to offer, helps source quality New Zealand products and services, and helps identify investment opportunities.
Those who are interested in exporting goods and services to New Zealand should contact Tradeline Philippines for advice.
Trade Commissioner Hernando Banal
Telephone: (+63) 2 891-4625
Fax (+63) 2 891-5458
For details on travelling to New Zealand see Immigration New Zealand.
The Manila branch of Immigration New Zealand processes visas for entry to New Zealand. Please note that the office is not open to the general public. All visa applications and enquiries must be made to the Visa Information and Application (VIA) centre, not the Immigration New Zealand branch at the Embassy.
Visa Information and Application Centre (+63) 2 845-9222
First Secretary (Immigration) and Branch Manager Michelle Frankham
Other New Zealand Government agencies working in the Philippines
Some regional offices of New Zealand Government agencies located in other countries cover the Philippines in their areas of responsibility:
- New Zealand Police and New Zealand Defence Force in Jakarta
- New Zealand Customs in Bangkok
- Tourism New Zealand in Singapore.