New Zealand High Commission Nuku'alofa, Tonga

What the High Commission does

New Zealand High Commissioner HE Sarah Walsh

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.

The New Zealand High Commissioner to Tonga is Sarah Walsh. Ms Walsh is a career diplomat in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She has held roles as the Acting High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, and as the New Zealand aid manager to Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. Previously Ms Walsh worked in the UN Peacekeeping Mission to Kosovo and in various roles in the New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development.

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