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Embassy of Ireland, Wellington

Diplomatic relations between Ireland and New Zealand are served by the Irish Embassy in Wellington, and by our Honorary Consul in Auckland.

Mr Peter Ryan is the Ambassador of Ireland to New Zealand, resident in Wellington.

Consular assistance and all passport, citizenship, working holiday and visa applications will continue to be provided by the Honorary Consulate in Auckland. Please refer to for more information.

The Embassy of Ireland, Wellington, website is

If you are travelling to New Zealand, remember to download the TravelWise app to keep informed and safe while abroad.  Remember, New Zealand is vulnerable to natural disasters.  Check to see how well prepared you are.

President Michael D Higgins visit to New Zealand in October 2017

President Michael D Higgins and Mrs Sabina Higgins visited New Zealand 24-29 October 2017.

Read the announcement here:

Photos taken at the community receptions in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch can be viewed from the link below…

Irish Consulate – photos of President’s visit

View a short video of the highlights of the President’s visit by clicking here 

Details of the President’s diary are announced on his website, twitter and facebook pages. Links to each of these is below:


Brexit information

Dedicated BREXIT website by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Click here for all the latest information on Ireland’s role in the negotiations

Key messages to potential Irish passport applicants;

  • While there is likely to be a significant increase in the number of first-time passport applications submitted from the UK and from British people living overseas, it is too early to assess the extent of that increase.  We are seeing an increased number of queries relating to passports and citizenship from Northern Ireland, Great Britain and elsewhere.
  • The withdrawal of the UK from the EU will take a considerable amount of time and negotiation before any changes will be effected – possibly over two years.  During this period, UK passport holders continue to enjoy the rights of EU citizens including free movement within the EU.
    There will be no changes during this period or for the foreseeable future to the entitlement to Irish passports including for people born on the island of Ireland, and for those persons who were born outside Ireland but have Irish-born parents or grandparents.
  • There is no urgent need therefore for UK passport holders (whether based in the UK or elsewhere) to look into applying for an Irish passport at this time. Potential applicants should take time to establish the facts in relation to their entitlement and be aware that this is peak season for passport applications.
  • Applications for renewals of Irish passports will, as always, be prioritised and these continue to represent the vast majority of all applications.  There is no need for concern among people who have applications in the system or are planning to renew their passports.
  • The Passport Service will closely monitor the situation with respect to the impact and Passport Service staff and other resources will be re-deployed as needed to deal with the increase in applications, if sustained.

Statement by An Taoiseach on outcome of the UK referendum

Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade

FAQ on Irish citizenship and passports

No change to Irish Passport Entitlements following Referendum

Wider FAQs

Irish Government Brexit Contingency Plans Announced

Minister’s statement regarding Passport Demand

Minister Flanagan sets out Ireland’s views post UK referendum

Statement by Taoiseach Enda Kenny following Meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May

Passport Statistics

Eamon Cleary Trust Scholarship in Irish Studies

University of Otago – Irish Studies

MA and PhD Scholarships

Students interested in reading for an MA (one year) or a PhD (three years) by thesis on a topic that researches significant issues relating either singly or jointly to the following:-

  • Irish Literature
  • Irish History
  • Irish Theatre
  • Irish Film
  • Irish Politics

are invited to apply for an Eamon Cleary Postgraduate Scholarship

Closing date for applications is 30 November 2016

Application forms and the regulations governing the scholarships can be downloaded from:

June 2016 – Ireland Ranks 6th in First Global Index to Rank Quality of Nationalities

First Global Index to Rank Quality of Nationalities

Zurich, 2 June 2016

Global Launch of the First Edition of The Henley & Partners – Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index

A new index unveiled in Zurich today (2 June 2016) is the first to ever objectively rank the quality of nationalities worldwide. The Henley & Partners – Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index (QNI) explores both internal factors (such as the scale of the economy, human development, and peace and stability) and external factors (including visa-free travel and the ability to settle and work abroad without cumbersome formalities) that make one nationality better than another in terms of legal status in which to develop your talents and business.

The QNI consistently ranks the German nationality the highest in the world over the last five years with a score of 83.1%. The nationality of the Democratic Republic of Congo sits at the bottom of the index on 14.3%.

Professor Dr Dimitry Kochenov, a leading constitutional law professor with a long-standing interest in European and comparative citizenship law, says the key premise of the index is that it’s possible to compare the relative worth of nationalities – as opposed to, simply, countries. “Everyone has a nationality of one or more states. States differ to a great degree – Russia is huge – Swaziland is small; Luxembourg is rich – Mongolia is less so. Just as with the states, the nationalities themselves differ too. Importantly, there is no direct correlation between the power of the state and the quality of its nationality. Nationality plays a significant part in determining our opportunities and aspirations, and the QNI allows us, for the first time, to analyse this objectively.”

A unique measurement tool

The QNI is not a perception index. It uses an array of objective sources to gauge the opportunities and limitations that each nationality gives its owners. Data from the World Bank, the International Air Transport Association, the Institute for Economics and Peace and our own research blends into this unique, objective and transparent measurement tool that divides the nationalities of the world into four tiers based on quality, from Very High to Low, giving a clear picture of the standing of each nationality at a glance. Christian H. Kälin, a leading specialist on international immigration and citizenship law and policy, and Chairman of Henley & Partners, says the QNI is relevant to both individuals interested in the mobility, the possibilities and the limitations of their nationality, and governments focused on improving the local, regional and global opportunities inherent in their passports.

Kälin states: “What makes the QNI so unique is that for the first time ever, we have combined the internal and external values of each nationality to create a true perspective of our globalized world. It is clearly better to have a nationality of a country with long life expectancy, good schooling and high prosperity – like Australia – than of a country which offers lower levels of security, schooling and healthcare to its nationals – like Ukraine.” This is what the QNI shows, and Kälin adds: “It is better to have a nationality with the rights to work and reside in several countries, like the Netherlands, with work and residence rights throughout the EU, rather than, say, Japan, which, although equally prosperous, does not offer its nationals any rights at all outside their own borders. It is also better to have a nationality of a peaceful and stable country, like Denmark, rather than of a country with security risks, like Venezuela.”

What is measured and how?

To calculate the internal value of each nationality, which comprises 40% of the score, the QNI takes into account three sub-elements:

  • The economic strength of the country, measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP): 15%
  • The scale of human development, as expressed by the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI): 15%
  • The level of peace and stability, according to the Global Peace Index (GPI): 10%

The external value of nationality accounts for 60% of the ranking score. “The more you are restrained by national borders, the less the value of your nationality; the less noticeable the borders, the higher the value. While many opt for a life at home, an increasing number of people want to build a new life somewhere else or live their lives transnationally”, explains Kälin. There are four sub-elements:

  • The diversity of settlement freedom: 15%
  • The weight of settlement freedom: 15%
  • The diversity of travel freedom: 15%
  • The weight of travel freedom: 15%

Kochenov adds that it’s the first time that the diversity of settlement freedom provided by a nationality has been quantified and measured. “As no analogous source exists on global settlement freedom, the QNI provides the first and only such source worldwide. We gathered data through extensive research as well as consultation with countless experts on the legal requirements of settlement throughout the world, using IATA data as the starting point. For instance, the Liechtenstein nationality, although conferred by a tiny country, gives its bearers full access to all of the EU, the European Economic Area and Switzerland, a total of 31 countries, enjoying all the key rights which the bearers of the local nationalities enjoy. Compare this with Canadian nationality – which is associated with no such extra-territorial rights at all – and the difference becomes clear,” explains Kochenov.

“When assessing the external value of nationalities, it is important to take into account both diversity and weight. Diversity refers to the sheer number of countries accessible visa-free, while weight accounts for the quality of such countries. This allows the QNI to escape the simplifications of other indexes, valuing visa-free travel to the US as equal to visa-free access to Kiribati. While being able to travel to Kiribati is great, the empowering potential of accessing the US is infinitely higher,” says Kochenov.

Regional and Country Results

  • Europe and North America outperform the QNI’s global mean of 38.7% by a wide margin, with means of 62.8% and 58.1% respectively. The EU nationalities derive particular value from their unmatched Settlement Freedom, thereby boosting the continent’s Overall Value
  • Within the EU, the older EU Member States’ nationalities have very stable levels of quality. Newer Member States – particularly Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia – have greatly benefitted from EU integration and are likely to continue to improve
  • The nationalities of the US and Canada benefit primarily from very strong Internal Value and spectacular visa-free travel, but lie in the lower ranks of the Very High quality nationalities along with countries like Japan, Singapore and South Korea  which cannot compete with the superb Settlement Freedom of EU nationalities, but perform well in all other aspects
  • South American nationalities have experienced a substantial increase in value due to significant progress made in the area of Settlement Freedom and the mutual gradual removal of the barriers related to settlement and work
  • None of the nationalities of the former Soviet Union are of Very High value and while the Russian nationality experiences a gradual increase in quality due to the constant conclusion of new visa-free agreements, the recent shift in Russian policy vis-à-vis the nationalities of the Commonwealth of Independent States makes it more difficult for CIS nationals to settle in Russia, and explains a general decrease in the quality of nationalities with important ties to Moscow
  • Destabilization in North Africa and the Middle East has adversely affected the quality of the nationalities in these regions. Libya, Bahrain and Oman experienced major blows to the value of their nationalities, and Syria has, unsurprisingly, been in free fall
  • Central America and the Caribbean generally score lower on the majority of sub-elements and the lack of significant Settlement Freedom prevents even the top-ranked nationalities from matching the European, North American and some of the East Asian nationalities
  • The Asian and Pacific regions sit quite far below the global mean. However, Asian nationalities occupy positions across the entire spectrum of the QNI, from the Very High Quality tier (for example Japan, New Zealand, and Singapore) to Low Quality (Myanmar, Pakistan, and Afghanistan)

Kälin says The Henley & Partners – Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index, now covering the five years between 2011 and 2015, will be updated annually to ensure a current picture of the quality of world nationalities is readily available at any moment in time, illuminating medium to long-term trends in nationalities’ development. He adds: “The QNI is a vital resource for financially independent individuals who wish to acquire the benefits of dual citizenship, as it provides assistance in selecting the most valuable second nationality for themselves and their families.”

View the rankings by clicking here

Global Irish: Ireland’s Diaspora Policy

Global Irish: Ireland’s Diaspora Policy launched, March 2015 – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Global Irish is the first clear statement of the Government’s policy on the diaspora. The policy recognises the unique and important relationship between Ireland and its diaspora and sets out actions to nurture and develop this relationship, and to engage the diaspora.
Read more here

2013 New Zealand census information on the Irish in New Zealand

Key Facts:
The Irish ethnic group comprised 14,196 people or less than 1 percent of people that stated an ethnic group living in New Zealand on 5 March 2013.

For people identifying with the Irish ethnic group living in New Zealand on 5 March 2013:

  • The most common region this group lived in was Auckland Region (34.2 percent or 4,854 people).
  • The median age (half are younger and half are older than this age) was 33.6 years.
  • 39.4 percent (5,538 people) were born in New Zealand and 60.6 percent (8,526 people) were born overseas.
  • 88.0 percent (9,537 people) aged 15 years and over had a formal qualification.
  • $36,100 was the median income (half received less and half received more income) for those aged 15 years and over.

Click the here to read the full Irish profile on the Statistics NZ website

Did you know...

The North Island, South Island and Stewart Island were originally named New Ulster, New Munster and New Leinster respectively

Sir Tristram, born in Co Kildare, was a champion broodmare sire (45 group one winners, including 3 Melbourne Cup winners) and lived in Cambridge Stud

Mary Gallagher, of whom the song ‘Mary from Dungloe’ was written, emigrated to NZ from Co Donegal and is buried in Gisborne cemetery

Robert Hannah, born in Co Antrim, founded ‘Hannah’s Shoes’. He built and lived in Antrim House, in Wellington, now the headquarters of the NZ Historic Places Trust

Thomas Bracken, born in Co Monaghan, wrote the words of the national anthem ‘God Defend New Zealand’

Johnny Martin, born in Co Derry, was a goldminer and entrepreneur who developed the area of Martinborough

Joseph McMullen Dargaville, born in Co Cork, developed the town of Dargaville as part of his kauri timber and gum business

Robert Wellwood, born in Co Kilkenny, was the first Mayor of Hastings

Thomas Russell, born in Cork, was the founder of Bank of New Zealand in 1861

Thomas Croke, born in Cork and after whom the GAA Croke Park is named, was Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland from 1870-1874

Patrick Moran, born in Co Wicklow, was the Roman Catholic Bishop of Dunedin 1869-1895

Henry Blundell, born in Dublin, began publishing the Wellington Evening Post (now the Dominion Post) in 1865

Dave Gallaher, captain of the 1905 Original All Blacks, was born in Co Donegal

Three of NZs Prime Ministers were born in Ireland – Daniel Pollen (Dublin), John Balance (Antrim) and William Massey (Derry)

New Zealand’s most colourful goldminer, Biddy of the Buller, was born in Dublin

Lt. Governor William Hobson, who signed the Treaty of Waitangi on behalf of the Crown, was born in Waterford, the home of Waterford Crystal.

The Duke of Wellington, after whom New Zealand’s capital city is named, was born in Dublin, Ireland’s capital.

James Joyce, the author of Ulysses, the novel of the 20th century, had a sister, who was a nun who lived in New Zealand for many years until her death in 1942.