About the Australian High Commission in New Zealand
The Australian High Commission is the official representative of the Australian Government in New Zealand. We provide a range of services to the general public, including consular, passport, visa and immigration, citizenship and cultural relations services. We also act on behalf of various Australian Government authorities by representing Australia's interests to local, regional and multilateral government and business organisations in New Zealand.
Her Excellency The Honourable Patricia Forsythe AM is the Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand with non-resident accreditation to the Cook Islands and Niue.
The High Commissioner's biography is available here.
Contact information and opening hours for the Australian High Commission in Wellington and the Australian Consulate-General in Auckland is available here.
Representation in New Zealand
If you are an Australian needing help, visit this page for consular services available to you. Should you be in distress and require urgent help, please telephone the High Commission on 64 4 473 6411 or Consulate-General on 64 9 921 8800. You can also contact the 24 hour consular section in Canberra on 0061 2 6261 3305 (when calling from New Zealand).
Accredited representation of Australia in New Zealand is the responsibility of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The Australian High Commission in Wellington and the Australian Consulate-General in Auckland represent Australia in New Zealand, Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau and Pitcairn Islands.
Both diplomatic missions also act on behalf of Australian Government authorities by representing Australia's interests to government and business organisations. The Department of Home Affairs has offices in the Consulate-General, while the Department of Defence have theirs at the High Commission.
The Office of the Defence Adviser at the High Commission represents the Australian Defence Organisation, and liaises with their counterparts in New Zealand, the Cook Islands and Niue. For more information about the Australian Defence Force, go to the Defence homepage at www.defence.gov.au
The Political and Economic Section at the High Commission monitors political and economic developments in New Zealand and represents Australia's interests to the New Zealand Government.