New Zealand Embassy Warsaw, Poland


A magnitude 6.3 earthquake occured 10km south-east of the city of Christchurch at 12.51pm on 22 February.

The latest information can be found on the Ministry of Civil Defence website and the Environment Canterbury website.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade advises against all travel, including travel to seaside resorts in Egypt due to the violent demonstrations taking place across the country. Local communications and transport networks have been disrupted. All New Zealanders already in Egypt should register by telephone with the New Zealand Embassy in Cairo -


If you are the owner of property in New Zealand, living overseas and you would like to rent your property you may be interested in the recent amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act.

A law change (Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2010) means any landlord who leaves New Zealand for more than three weeks must appoint a New Zealand agent to manage their property.


From and including 15 November 2010 the New Zealand Embassy in Warsaw will no longer process New Zealand visas (student, work and visitor visas for longer than 3 months).
All visa applicants must, from 15 November 2010, apply to the Immigration New Zealand branch in London. 

Immigration New Zealand
Mezzanine Floor, NZ House,
80 Haymarket,
London SW1Y 4TE,
United Kingdom


Christchurch and the wider Canterbury area (which surrounds the city) are recovering from the major earthquake of 4 September. New Zealand is well prepared for such instances and has strong infrastructure so essential services were quickly restored to most of the affected area.

A part of central Christchurch is cordoned off and this cordon is reviewed daily. The remainder of Christchurch is accessible.

Apart from the Canterbury area no other areas of New Zealand have been affected by the earthquake.


Flooding which hit southern Poland last week has spread northwards. Cities north and west of Warsaw lying near main rivers may experience flooding in the next days. Even though flood levels on the River Wisla are reportedly descending in Warsaw, residents are urged to remain vigilant as levels remain very high and enbankments are soaked. Reports advised “The most dangerous situation in Warsaw was in the Praga Port and Wawer districts [on the east bank]". Some major roads on the east bank are closed causing serious traffic difficulties in Warsaw.


High water has reached Warsaw and exceeded the Wisla river emergency levels. Reports suggest water levels may remain very high until Sunday evening possibly causing leaking or breaking of the river banks.

Information on the currrent flooding situation is provided by the Warsaw Crisis Management Centre helplines: 0800 707 112 or 22 196 56. Information on the traffic situation, detours and closures is provided through the Warsaw Police Department telephone line: 22 603 80 02


There are incidences of severe flooding in areas of Poland, mainly in the south. The high water levels are moving north. Flooding has caused some disruption to train and road transport.


The annual ANZAC Day commemorations took place in Warsaw, Pilsudskiego Square at noon on Monday, 26 April. The ceremony included remembrance speeches by Dr Penelope Ridings, the New Zealand Ambassador and Ms Ruth Pearce, the Australian Ambassador, which were followed by a wreath laying.


Government House has sent a letter to the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland in which His Excellency the Honorable Sir Anand Satyanand, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand expresses his condolences after the tragic accident near Smoleńsk on 10th of April. The message follows:

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