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Chunuk Bair commemorative service – 8 August 2015

Posted: 30 June 2015, 17:03 NZST

A service to commemorate the centenary of the Battle for Chunuk Bair will be held on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 8 August 2015. The hour long service will be held in the vicinity of the New Zealand memorial at Chunuk Bair and will commence at 5pm. The service will be not be balloted like this year’s Anzac Day commemorations, but those planning to attend are requested to register their interest. There are seats available for 1000 people and some more

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

Updated: 26 June 2015, 09:32 NZST

There is ongoing concern about the outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which was first reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) in September 2012. Cases of MERS-CoV have been reported in several Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Lebanon.  The virus appears to be circulating widely throughout the Arabian Peninsula and most more

Evaluating New Zealand consular services

Posted: 19 June 2015, 21:23 NZST

Protecting the rights and welfare of New Zealanders abroad is one of the objectives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Ministry is currently carrying out its regular survey of New Zealanders who have received consular assistance between June 2014 and June 2015. The survey is being conducted on the Ministry’s behalf by independent research company Research New Zealand. If you are asked to participate, we would greatly appreciate more

Samoa: All Blacks Test Match

Posted: 16 June 2015, 12:18 NZST

The All Blacks will play against Manu Samoa on Wednesday 8 July, in a historic first test match for New Zealand in Apia.  Please note, tickets are available for purchase in Samoa only and fans based in New Zealand can only buy tickets as part of an official tour package. Before you goNew Zealanders planning on travelling to Samoa to attend the All Blacks match are encouraged to: Register their details on our SafeTravel website more

Health information

Reviewed: 5 June 2015, 09:45 NZST

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade liaises with the Ministry of Health to provide information on health issues for New Zealand travellers, including information on disease outbreaks and health precautions for travellers.  For more information on travel health issues, please see our Health and Travel page. more


Reviewed: 2 June 2015, 12:10 NZST

Ramadan, the Islamic holy month, will be observed from approximately 18 June to 18 July 2015.  The exact timing will depend on sightings of the moon which will vary from country to country. For Muslims this is a time of prayer and fasting.  The fasting period, in which Muslims refrain from eating, drinking or smoking, is between dawn and sunset.   Travellers should always be sensitive to the local customs of the country more

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