New Zealand Embassy Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Just because you are out of the country doesn’t mean you have to miss out on having your say in two binding referendums on the future of the New Zealand flag. 


New Zealand is proud to partner with the African Union Commission to produce the African Union Handbook 2015. In a significant development, this edition has been published in both English and French.


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.


Foreign residents in Saudi Arabia are required to have their fingerprints registered with the Saudi passports office (Jawazat).


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

Read the Prime Minister's media release

There continues to be cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) reported to the World Health Organization (WHO).  Cases of MERS-CoV have been reported in several countries of the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

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


The new Ambassador of New Zealand to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Hamish MacMaster, presented a working copy of his credentials to HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Riyadh on 15 January 2014.


3 November 2013

Holy Qu’ran Translated into the Māori Language

Islam's holy book, the Qu’ran, has been translated into the Māori language by an 81-year-old Pakistani physicist.

"It took six or seven years to learn Maori," translator Shakil Ahmad Monir said yesterday at its launch at the new Baitul Muqeet mosque – New Zealand’s largest, with a capacity of 700 - in Homai, Auckland.

"It was quite hard, but I didn't give up," said Monir.


Marking the start of Islam Awareness Week, Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith Collins has today announced plans are underway for an official Muslim forum to be held in November.

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

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