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1 Job Vacancy - Senior Economic and Public Affairs Officer

The Netherlands Embassy in Wellington is looking for a Senior economic and public affairs officer. The officer’s main task is public and economic diplomacy: promote the Netherlands and enhance trade relations. Connecting, organising and analysing are key features of the job.

2 Update recent changes

The Embassy received a large amount of feedback regarding the new requirements for passport applications. As there are some uncertainties regarding the new requirements we would like explain the new requirements once more and clarify the situation for Dutch nationals, dual citizens and children.

3 2015 Dutch Dayz

For the third year in a row the Netherlands Embassy in Wellington organizes the Dutch Days, a series of events that showcase the modern Netherlands. This year Dutch street art in Christchurch, Documentary Film Festivals in Wellington & Christchurch and an exhibition by two famous Dutch Photographers in Whangarei will be some of the highlights. We will kick off with a photo competition around the theme “Being Dutch in NZ”.

4 Eftpos payment

As per the 1st of December 2015 it is no longer possible to pay for Consular services by cash. Please pay by Eftpos or creditcard.

5 FOOD VALLEY NL

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6 New requirements for Dutch passport application

Have you lived in New Zealand for more than 5 years? As of 15 October 2015 you are required to prove that you have not become a New Zealand citizen when applying for a Dutch passport.

7 Budget Day (Prince's Day)

On the third Tuesday in September (Prince's Day), the Minister of Finance presents the National Budget and the Budget Memorandum to the House of Representatives.

8 Ploumen calls for equitable economic growth

The world has seen a considerable reduction in extreme poverty since the turn of the century. Yet the gap between rich and poor has widened. Greater inequality prevents people from building a decent life, stunts economic growth and leads to conflict – on top of the violence that has already forced more than 60 million people worldwide to abandon their homes. In her policy agenda for 2016, foreign trade and development minister Lilianne Ploumen shows an even greater commitment to curbing the downward spiral.

9 Koenders: Today’s crises require flexible diplomacy

According to Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders, ‘There are no quick fixes for today’s challenges: we will have to work long and hard, at international level, to find permanent solutions to the sources of conflict around us.’ The Minister made these remarks in his 2016 policy agenda, adding, ‘This will require dynamic and flexible diplomacy, choices and innovative use of resources, as well as collaboration in old and new coalitions. International diplomacy is working at full capacity, which puts a lot of strain on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but it is vital for our security and prosperity.’

10 Appointment system passport and visa applications Consulates in Auckland and Christchurch

Due to the upcoming closure of the consular sections of the Consulates in Auckland and Christchurch we have experienced high volumes of appointments on our online system. The schedule for the appointments for Auckland is fully booked and as from now on you can make an appointment at the Embassy in Wellington for the application for passports and visa. For the Consulate in Christchurch, please note that when making an appointment you can skip the busy weeks until an appointment becomes available. Due to the large volume of appointments, our system is slower in the upcoming weeks.