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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 www.ireland.co.nz for more information.
The Embassy of Ireland, Wellington, website is www.dfa.ie/new-zealand
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 www.happens.nz to see how well prepared you are.
President Michael D Higgins and Mrs Sabina Higgins visited New Zealand 24-29 October 2017.
Photos taken at the community receptions in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch can be viewed from the link below…
Details of the President’s diary are announced on his website, twitter and facebook pages. Links to each of these is below:
Key messages to potential Irish passport applicants;
This is the inaugural congress in a triennial series that examines the histories, cultures, heritages and identities of Irish communities beyond Ireland’s shores.
University College Dublin
15 – 19 August 2017
‘First call for papers’ information available from this link 2017 Global Irish Diaspora Conference – August
Close of call 31 March 2017
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:-
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:
The Summer Economic Statement has been approved by Government and published on 21 June 2016.
This marks the commencement of the revised budgetary process for Budget 2017
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 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:
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
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.”
Global Irish: Ireland’s Diaspora Policy launched, March 2015 – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
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 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.