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
New Zealand House, Haymarket, London.jpg
LocationSt James's, London
Address80 Haymarket, London, SW1
Coordinates51°30′28″N 0°07′54″W / 51.5077°N 0.1318°W / 51.5077; -0.1318Coordinates: 51°30′28″N 0°07′54″W / 51.5077°N 0.1318°W / 51.5077; -0.1318
High CommissionerSir 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.[1] 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.[1]

History[edit]

The site had been previously occupied by the Carlton Hotel, destroyed by a bomb during the Blitz. 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 securing a planning consent, the 18 storey building only proceeded after approval was granted by the British Cabinet. The High Commission was built by Holland, Hannen & Cubitts[2] and was opened by the Queen in 1963. It is the only tall building in this part of London. Since 1995, it has been a Grade II Listed Building.[3]

Responsibilities[edit]

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.[4] New Zealand Passport applications can be processed at New Zealand House.[5] The nearest Tube stations to New Zealand House are Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross. The Māori cultural group Ngāti Rānana holds regular meetings at the High Commission.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The London Diplomatic List" (PDF). 14 December 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 December 2013.
  2. ^ Cubitts 1810–1975, published 1975
  3. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1242616)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Sir Jerry Mateparae". New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  5. ^ "London Passport Office". New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Finding Maori culture in the heart of London". NZ News UK. Retrieved 2 August 2019.

External links[edit]

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