New Zealand High Commission Nuku'alofa, Tonga
What the High Commission does
The High Commission represents New Zealand in Tonga and is the channel for official communications between the Governments of New Zealand and Tonga. We help to manage the relationship between the two countries.
Tonga is New Zealand’s closest independent neighbour and the two countries enjoy a long history of close cooperation and friendship. This is reinforced by people-to-people links, with several hundred New Zealanders living in Tonga and over 50,000 Tongans/Tongan New Zealanders living in New Zealand. This includes providing consular services for New Zealanders in Tonga. A separate Immigration office provides visa services for Tongans wishing to travel to New Zealand.
New Zealand is one of Tonga’s largest development partners. The High Commission is responsible for in-country management of New Zealand’s expanding bilateral aid programme. Further detail about this programme, including the Joint Commitment for Development which guides it, is available on this website.
New Zealand is also Tonga’s main economic and trade partner. The High Commission supports trade between the two countries, assisting both New Zealand exporters to Tonga and also Tongans wishing to export to New Zealand.
Mark Talbot became High Commissioner to Tonga in January 2013. He is accompanied by his wife, Joanne, and two children. When in Wellington, Mr Talbot has worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade’s Pacific and Trade Negotiations Divisions. His previous overseas assignments have been to Brussels and Canberra. Mr Talbot has also worked in the British Government’s Cabinet Office.