The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

Te Tari Taiwhenua

Building a safe, prosperous and respected nation

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Daylight saving ends

New Zealand daylight saving ends on Sunday 2 April 2017  when clocks go back one hour at 3.00 am to become 2.00 am.


Information about New Zealand daylight saving.

He Tohu opens 20 May 2017

The new permanent exhibition of founding constitutional documents opens soon.

Find out more about He Tohu

He Tohu - logo for the Archive Exhibition Project

Births, Deaths and Marriages now on

Information about Births, Deaths and Marriages is now easier to find, easier to use, on

Go to

You can find Births, Deaths and Marriages information on

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?

Update: Public Services

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

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

Phone numbers will remain 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

No current announcements. 

10 year passports available in time for Christmas holidays