The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

Te Tari Taiwhenua

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He Tohu now open!

The permanent exhibition of New Zealand's founding constitutional documents is free to the public at the National Library on Molesworth and Aitken Streets in Wellington.

Find out more about He Tohu

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Fresh new Citizenship website

All our New Zealand Citizenship information is now available on the website

Go to NZ Citizenship

Faces of New Zealand citizens of various ethnicities

Apply for passports online now

You can now apply online for:

First time adult passports
Adult renewals
Child renewals

Find out how to apply online

Apply for or renew a New Zealand passport

Are you eligible for a Rates Rebate?

The Rates Rebate Scheme provides a subsidy to low-income homeowners on the cost of their rates.

Find out more

Are you eligible for a Rates Rebate?

Latest news

Smoke incident near National Library (26/09/2017)

A minor electrical issue in a plant room in Rugby House, next to the National Library in Molesworth St, triggered a fire alarm late last night.

The Library’s fire alarm system is designed to pick up very small smoke particles to ensure there is early warning of any possible event.

The Library’s monitoring system calls the fire service automatically when it detects any changes to the environment. The fire service detected no sign of fire.

There was no danger or damage to any of the Library’s collections, which include the constitutional documents held at National Library: the 1835 Declaration of Independence, The 1840 Treaty of Waitangi and the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition.

The three documents are well protected and our systems are designed to pick up very small smoke particles so we get early warning of any event.

All Internal Affairs media releases

Privacy investigation complete (15/09/2017)

Most popular Māori baby names for 2016 (14/09/2017)

Formal warning to Equity Trust International Ltd (05/09/2017)

Update: Public Services

DIA’s public counter for Passports, Citizenship and Births, Deaths and Marriages enquiries is currently at the National Library building, lower ground floor, corner Molesworth & Aitken St, Wellington.

Opening hours – Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm, except Wednesdays, when it is open 9am to 5pm (excluding public holidays).

Phone numbers are the same.

We encourage customers to use our online services where possible:

The National Library is open during its usual opening hours.

Archives New Zealand's Wellington building (Mulgrave Street) is open to the public. Archives regional offices in Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin are open as usual.




Emergency information for DIA staff

There are currently no notices.

10 year passports available in time for Christmas holidays