Below are a list of resources and information that we believe are important for you to know.
Below are a list of resources and information that we believe are important for you to know.
Other useful websites:
All Irish citizens, adults and children, who have an Irish passport may now be eligible to apply to renew their passport online from New Zealand. More information at www.dfa.ie/passportonline
For those who submit a paper application to our office, we recommend that applicants allow four (4) to six (6) weeks for their passport to be produced.
If you need to travel in an emergency, we can issue an emergency travel certificate, valid for one journey and 3 days, at our discretion and on production of evidence of the need for emergency travel.
Emergency travel certificates cannot be issued to first time applicants.
Irish passport holders in New Zealand may renew their passports online at www.dfa.ie/passportonline
Please note requirements for:
– first time adult applicants
– applicants whose previous passport expired more than 5 years ago and it is only being renewed now
– applicants whose previous passport number has one letter followed by six digits e.g. W123456
Click here to view CURRENT – passport fees and guidelines
Foreign Birth Registrations are now processed by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. Information about FBR’s and related fees can be found here.
If you are eligible for a Foreign Birth Registration you can apply here.
If you applied for a FBR in New Zealand before 1 December 2020, your application will continue to be processed by the Consulate in Auckland with the assistance of the Irish Embassy in Wellington. Post 1 January 2021, please direct all queries to the Irish Embassy in Wellington.
If you’re travelling to New Zealand, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.
Generation Emigration: Destination New Zealand; by the Irish Times is also very informative for Irish citizens planning to move to New Zealand
It is the responsibility of bearers of Irish passports to check with the nearest Embassy or Consulate of the country of destination or transition as to whether their passport should have a visa.
Special requirements for entry to, or transit through, the USA
Handwritten Irish passports, and machine readable passports that are not biometric, will not be accepted by US Immigration without a visa, which must be applied for and received, prior to travel.
Citizens travelling on Irish ePassports may qualify to enter the USA under the Visa Waiver Programme.
Citizens travelling on an emergency Irish passport are required to have a USA visa, which must be applied for and received, prior to travel. Applying for a visa requires an appointment with the US Consulate in Auckland
USA contact details
All travellers wishing to enter the USA on Irish passports, under the Visa Waiver Programme, are required to obtain a travel authorisation via the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) prior to travelling.
ESTA is accessible online at ESTA
Applications in New Zealand for a USA visa should be made on-line via the website of the Embassy of the United States of America
Entry to other countries
All types of Irish passports are accepted by most other countries. However, travellers are advised to contact the Embassy or Consulate of the country they are travelling to, or through, prior to travel to confirm that country’s requirements
Australia contact details
All travellers wishing to enter Australia on Irish passports as a visitor must apply for and be granted a visa prior to travelling. Full information and eVisitor applications can be made on line at the website of the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs.
Handwritten Irish passports ceased to be issued by the Consulate General of Ireland in Auckland on 31 August 2005
All other passports are either machine readable or ePassports
An ePassport can be identified by the logo at the bottom of the front cover
Ireland is lucky to have a diaspora who makes a meaningful contribution to our country, whether they’re building economic development, raising awareness of our culture or creating a positive image of Ireland in their adopted homes. We’re committed to recognising their efforts by engaging with them both practically and strategically.
This site provides information on public services and entitlements in Ireland. It is provided by the Citizens Information Board
Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service (INIS) is a one-stop-shop for asylum, visas, immigration and citizenship. INIS administers the functions of the Minister for Justice and Equality in relation to these matters and facilitates a whole of government approach.
We asked 500 recent Irish emigrants to reflect on their emigration experiences. ‘Mind How You Go’ is based on their responses. It’s designed to support you through the various practical and emotional challenges of emigrating. We hope their advice will help make your journey easier.
We work for all prisoners wherever they are and do not make any distinction in terms of religious faith, the nature of the conviction or of a prisoner’s status.
If you are a Naturalised Irish citizen, and you are required to complete a form to declare your intention to retain Irish citizenship, you can find this form by clicking the link below. Please send the completed form to the address in Tipperary, Ireland.
There are many things unique to Ireland, but none more so than Gaelic Football, Hurling and its female version, Camogie. These are sports originating in Ireland where they are by far the most popular team games, with a greater playing base and a significantly larger following than either soccer or rugby.
The Australians play a game called Aussie Rules which is a derivative of Gaelic Football but is sufficiently different to avoid any confusion between the two. The Aussie ball and playing area are oval, while the Irish ball is round and the field rectangle. The Irish have brought these sports with them in their travels and throughout the world there are groups of enthusiasts who actively play the games of the Gaelic Athletic Association and avidly follow the GAA Championships as they annually unfold in the land of their heritage.
Gaelic games were played on an organised basis in Auckland as far back as 1949, and the first provincial competition occurred at the annual Irish Society Feis in Christchurch in 1950, where teams from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch competed. Every year provincial teams compete during the Feis and regularly play in the Australasian Championships against representatives from many of the states of Australia.
Canterbury Cusacks Gaelic Athletic Association
Christchurch McKenna’s GAA Club
Counties Manukau GAA
There are many active Irish communities throughout New Zealand, and few if any, require being Irish as essential to membership. A love of things Irish helps of course, as does a sense of humour, and an interest in irishness – New Zealand style.
Facebook – Irish People Living in New Zealand (IPLNZ)
Gisborne Irish Club
Manawatu Irish Society Inc.
Otago Irish Society
There are many active Irish communities throughout New Zealand, and few if any, require being Irish as essential to membership. A love of things Irish helps of course, as does a sense of humour, and an interest in all things Irish – New Zealand style.
Waikato – Irish Genealogy Interest Group
Wellington – Irish Genealogy Interest Group
Auckland – Irish Genealogy Interest Group: New Zealand wide
Ceol Aneas – Irish Music Festival
Southland Access Internet Radio
Web: Ceol agus Craic
Wellington Access Radio
Web: Capital Irish
Auckland Planet FM Radio
Web: Ireland Calling
Traditional Irish Dancing Association (TIDA) of NZ
Irish Dancing Schools – not registered with TIDA of NZ
Auckland – Bredesen School of Irish Dancers
Tel: +64 9 4136470
Christchurch – Copeland Academy of Irish Dance
Christchurch – Gaelic School of Irish Dance
Christchurch – Tralee Dancers
Hamilton – Maryellen Walsh Academy of Irish Dance
Irish Dance Hawke’s Bay
Palmerston North – Cailin Traditional Irish Dancing School
Taranaki Irish Dancers
Birth, Death or Marriage Certificates
Copies of Irish certificates can be ordered online from the General Register Office
Certificates for Northern Ireland can be obtained from General Register Office for Northern Ireland
Police Clearance Certificates
If you require such a clearance e.g. to apply for residency in New Zealand you should follow the instructions provided on the website of the Irish Police / An Garda Síochána.
Recognition of Foreign (non-Irish) Adoption
If you are an Irish citizen and have adopted a child for whom you wish to apply for citizenship, or for an Irish passport, or if you have been adopted by an Irish parent and wish to apply, it is necessary to first have the adoption recognised under Irish law.
The appropriate office to contact to apply for this recognition is The Adoption Authority of Ireland
This award is made by the President of Ireland to Irish born citizens who have reached the age of 100 years and who are resident either inside or outside the State.
The award is a one off payment of €2,540 and is issued by the President’s office accompanied by a letter from the President.
The Centenarian Bounty is one way in which Ireland’s Government rewards and recognises Irish Communities abroad. The Bounty has previously only been available to those living in Ireland regardless of their nationality, however the Irish Government have extended the scheme in view of the huge contribution emigrants have made to Ireland over the years, especially during hard economic times.
Centenarian’s born in Ireland and living permanently in New Zealand who wish to apply for the Bounty should click here to visit the website of Áras an Uachtaráin for more information and the application form. The completed application should be submitted to the Consulate of Ireland in Auckland for processing.
Latest benefit and pension information on the Irish/NZ Social Security Agreement from International Services, Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand.Go To Link
You are permitted to bring your personal medication into Ireland with you. You should have a letter from your Doctor stating the medication that has been prescribed for you, and you must keep the medication in its original packaging.Quarantine for Animals
If you are moving to Ireland and wish to bring your pet(s) you will find the relevant information from The Dept of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
Prohibited or Restricted Goods
Certain goods may not be imported to Ireland from outside the European Community. The principal items are:
– dangerous drugs
– indecent or obscene goods
– plants or bulbs
– live or dead animals
– poultry, birds or eggs
– hay or straw or articles packed with these materials
– with specific exceptions meat or meat products, milk or milk products and certain foodstuffs
Certain other items may only be imported under licence, such as:
– domestic cats and dogs (pets)
– firearms and ammunition
– fireworks and explosives
For further information, consult the website of Irish Tax and Customs.
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.