1. Frank-Walter Steinmeier Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier for the 2014 Day of German Unity
  2. Joachim Gauck (Archives) Federal President Joachim Gauck for the 2014 Day of German Unity
  3. Eine Radtour entlang der ehemaligen Mauer 25 Years of the Fall of the Wall
Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier for the 2014 Day of German Unity

In 2014, we look back on milestones that shaped the course of both German and world history.

Joachim Gauck (Archives)

Federal President Joachim Gauck for the 2014 Day of German Unity

When we celebrate our National Day this year, a quarter of a century after the peaceful revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe and the fall of the Berlin Wall, we recall that German unity was not simply a stroke of luck.

Eine Radtour entlang der ehemaligen Mauer

25 Years of the Fall of the Wall

25 years ago, on the evening of 9 November 1989, the Wall that divided Germany finally fell in Berlin.


The Consular Section will remain closed from 10 to 14 November 2014. In an emergency, please contact 021-651-987.

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German presidency of the G7

Germany assumed the presidency of the G7 at the G7 summit in Brussels at the beginning of June 2014. On 7 and 8 June 2015, Germany will host the meeting of the heads of state and government. The summit will provide an opportunity to discuss current international challenges and to make progress on new topics in the international context.

Further information is available on the following websites:

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Chancellor Merkel congratulates Prime Minister John Key

German chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel's congratulations to Prime Minister John Key were published in the following press release.

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Germany intensifies Involvement in Climate Protection in the Pacific

Since 2008, Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) has spent around 140 million euros from its International Climate Initiative (ICI) in support of collaborative projects with small island states to adapt to climate change, protect biodiversity and promote the establishment of a sustainable energy supply. This involves supporting the local population of the islands in the sustainable management of their natural resources and preservation of ecological diversity.

Angela Merkel in Brussels

EU Sanctions against Russia

The European Union’s further sanctions against Russia entered into force on Friday, 12 September. The EU adopted the sanctions on the Monday previous, but allowed several days to monitor the implementation of the ceasefire and peace plan in eastern Ukraine.

© Department of Internal Affairs

Commemoration marking the 100th Anniversary of the New Zealand Occupation of German Samoa

German Deputy Head of Mission Dr Thomas Henzschel on 29 August 2014 attended the 100th Anniversary of the New Zealand occupation of German Samoa in Auckland. The occasion was marked by a reception at Auckland Museum followed by a ceremony at the Cenotaph and was attended by a great number of dignitaries.

© Deutsche Botschaft Wellington

Germany contributes 183,000 Samoan Tala for the re-development of Faleata Reserve

On 10th July 2014 the German Ambassador, Dr. Anne-Marie Schleich and the Samoan High Commissioner, Mr. Leasi Papali'i T. Scanlan signed an agreement for a German contribution towards a Samoan forest re-development project.

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Commemorating the fall of the Berlin wall 25 years ago

The wall that separated East and West Germany fell 25 years ago. A piece of German history that tourists can now experience by bike on a tour of the Berlin wall, including personal eyewitness accounts.

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Poll: Germany retains positive image

Germany’s image in the world remains positive. In a poll conducted annually in 24 countries, Germany has maintained its position as the country with the most positive influence in the world in 2014...

© Steffen Kreft

Life Swap

Life Swap is a series of short animated Skype conversations between two young men, Jörg, 27, from Münster, Germany and Duncan, 27, from Wellington, New Zealand. Facing their respective quarter life crises, Jörg and Duncan decided it was time for a change. They spontaneously bought plane tickets to the other side of the world and are now signed up to live each other's lives for a whole year. Excited? Curious? Find out more on the Goethe-Institut's website by following Jörg's and Duncan's most recent Skype-conversation about their adventures in "Good Old Germany" and "The Land of the Long White Cloud".

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The Federal Foreign Office on YouTube


Time and weather in Germany

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Online Appointment Booking System for Passport and Visa Applications


From 3 June 2014 you will need an appointment to apply for a visa or a German passport/ID-card. Appointments can be booked online using the following link:

Greetings from the Ambassador

Dear Visitor,                 Kia Ora and a warm welcome to the website of the German Embassy in Wellington. As the German Ambassador to New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu, I extend to you my warmest personal greetings.

Commemoration of the First World War

© Auswärtiges Amt

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. It gives us cause to reflect on the immeasurable suffering inflicted during the war years and the post-war period.

60 years of official New Zealand-German Diplomatic Relations

On November 10, 1953, diplomatic relations were first established between New Zealand and the Federal Republic of Germany. Since those early beginnings, the world has changed in innumerable ways; but the relationship between our two countries has strengthened and expanded steadily.

60th Anniversary Film

The film "Far Apart - Close at Heart" vividly illustrates the extraordinary diversity of relations between New Zealanders and Germans.

Newsletter of the German Embassy Wellington


Have you subscribed to our bi-monthly newsletter already?

If not, here is the link to our Newsletter archive and the latest publication which contains information about the bilateral relations between Germany, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Crisis Prevention List

We offer all German citizens staying permanently or temporarily in New Zealand the opportunity to register online to be included in a Crisis Prevention List.

To register go to the link below:

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