News20 March 2020
Kia Ora a Chairde,
On behalf of Team Ireland in the Embassy in Wellington and in the Honorary Consulate General in Auckland, I extend my thoughts with you during this challenging and unprecedented situation with Covid-19. I know it can be difficult and concerning when you are far away from your loved ones, but I want to reassure you that the Team in New Zealand, and the Government of Ireland, are working to support you in every possible way and provide for the people of Ireland at home and abroad.
I encourage you to follow closely all health guidelines. If you are in New Zealand, I recommend you look at the following websites and information sites.
- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Travel Advice Website which will provide information for Irish citizens travelling or living overseas: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/
- New Zealand Safe Travel which will provide information for people travelling from New Zealand: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz
- Download the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade TravelWise App for your phone: https://www.dfa.ie/travelwise/
- Follow the @DFATTravelWise Twitter Account
- Ireland's Health Service Executive Website for latest Health Advice in Ireland: https://www.hse.ie/eng/
- New Zealand Ministry of Health Website for latest Health Advice in New Zealand: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus
Immigration Advice for Irish citizens in New Zealand
- Immigration New Zealand: https://www.immigration.govt.nz
We would also strongly encourage you to register your contact details with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade so that we can contact you and provide assistance if there is an unforeseen crisis or emergency while you are overseas. You can register online here: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/citizens-registration/
Please keep in touch with family and friends as much as you can. As well as keeping an eye out for any vulnerable members of our community. If you have any concerns about someone, please feel free to give us a call.
If you need any assistance, please contact the Embassy or the Honorary Consulate General. Please note that the public counter in both offices are now closed for the health and safety for the public.
The Irish and Te Reo Māori languages share many proverbs which may give inspiration to our people at times like this.
'Ní neart go cur le chéile' - 'There is no strength without unity'.
'He aha te mea nui o te ao? He Tāngata, He Tāngata, He Tāngata'.
So, lets work together, shoulder to shoulder, care for one another, as we meet this latest challenge.
Le gach dea ghuí, Is mise le meas, ngā mihi,
Peter Ryan - Peadar Ó Riain
Ambasadóir na hÉireann - Ambassador of Ireland - He Māngai Kāwatanga o Airangi