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1 Advisory referendum – reaction Dutch government

On 6 april 2016 an advisory referendum was held in the Netherlands on the EU-association agreement with Ukraine. The preliminary outcome shows that the required threshold for a valid outcome of a turn-out of 30% or more was reached, with a clear victory for the people who voted against.

3 Brussels attacks: Netherlands stands side by side with Belgium

Following a number of attacks in Brussels on Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders have been in contact with their Belgian colleagues. Both sent their condolences, expressed the Netherlands’ solidarity with Belgium and offered practical support.

4 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.

5 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”.

6 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.

7 FOOD VALLEY NL

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8 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.

9 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.

10 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.