High Commission of New Zealand, London
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|High Commission of New Zealand in London|
Te Kāinga Māngai Kāwanatanga o Aotearoa i Rānana
|Location||St James's, London|
|Address||80 Haymarket, London, SW1|
|High Commissioner||Sir Jerry Mateparae|
The High Commission of New Zealand (Māori: Te Kāinga Māngai Kāwanatanga o Aotearoa i Rānana) in London is the diplomatic mission of New Zealand in the United Kingdom. It is housed in a skyscraper known as New Zealand House on Haymarket, London, off Pall Mall. As well as containing the offices of the High Commissioner, the building also hosts the New Zealand consulate in London and the military attaché.
It is an overseas post of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The current High Commissioner to the United Kingdom is Sir Jerry Mateparae, the former Governor-General of New Zealand. New Zealand House is staffed by a team of 20 diplomats and local staff. The focus of the High Commission's work is managing New Zealand's political, economic and trade relations with the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is, along with the Passport Office in Sydney, Australia, one of only two locations outside New Zealand where New Zealand Passport applications can be processed.
The High Commission was built by Holland, Hannen & Cubitts in 1959 on the derelict site of the Carlton Hotel, destroyed by a bomb during the Blitz. New Zealand House was to be the main diplomatic representation for the New Zealand government, and no expense was spared in its construction. The design differed from the other diplomatic buildings of other Commonwealth countries in that it would be a modern skyscraper, designed by Sir Robert Matthew. After difficulties in planning permission, the 18 storey building was constructed only after permission was granted by the British Cabinet. It is the only tall building in this part of London, and remains controversial. Since 1995, it has been a Grade II Listed Building.
The nearest Tube stations to New Zealand House are Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross. The Māori cultural group Ngāti Rānana is based at the High Commission. The top floor was used in a scene of Spooks: The Greater Good at around 48 minutes.
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