New Zealand High Commission Pretoria, South Africa


High Commissioner Richard Mann and Air Vice-Marshal Mike Yardley, Chief of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, met with Deputy Director-General of the Department of  International Relations and Cooperation, Ambassador Anil Sooklal today.


Overseas voting for the New Zealand general election has opened. The New Zealand High Commission will serve as a polling place for overseas registered voters during normal office hours from today until 4pm on 19 September, the day before the election in New Zealand. If you are in South Africa, please note that a current postal strike may delay the arrival of any postal ballots – you may wish to consider the alternative forms of ballot return offered by the Electoral Commission, including uploading your ballot papers direct or voting in person at the High Commission.


The fifth edition of the Southern Africa File, our quarterly newsletter which highlights the work at the New Zealand High Commission in Pretoria  is now available.

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The High Commission would like to advise New Zealanders travelling to or from South Africa to be aware of new regulations for travel in South Africa. Failure to become familiar with these new regulations could have significant consequences on planned travel.

While a short summary is provided here, the full regulations are available on the South African Department of Home Affairs website.

New travel regulations relating to travel with children


The application closing dates for NZDS for study commencing in January 2015 have now passed.


Zambian businessman Mark O’Donnell has been inaugurated as New Zealand’s first Honorary Consul in Lusaka in a ceremony hosted by High Commissioner Richard Mann.  Mark’s jurisdiction covers the whole country.  He is a well-known and respected businessman with interests in hotels, supermarkets and other sectors.  Mark is also Chairman of the Zambian Tourism Authority.  We welcome Mark to our network of diplomatic representation in southern Africa.


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


The African Union Handbook 2014 is a comprehensive guide to the African Union system and how it works.


Richard Mann became the first New Zealand Ambassador accredited to the Republic of Angola when he presented credentials to President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos in Luanda on 4 October 2013.   The ceremony at the Presidential Palace involved national anthems, inspection of the guard of honour and a short friendly conversation with President Dos Santos.     


New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Murray McCully gave a major speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs on 7 May 2013.

Of interest

United Nations Handbook 2014-15

United Nations Handbook

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

Registering your overseas travel made easier

New Zealand General Election 2014

The New Zealand General Election will be held on Saturday 20 September 2014. Read more

Elections for the United Nations Security Council

Elections for the United Nations Security Council

New Zealand is a candidate for election to the UNSC for the two-year term 2015-16. Read more

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

Southern Africa File

Our quarterly newsletter which highlights the work of the New Zealand High Commission in Pretoria. Read more

The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal

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