The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

Te Tari Taiwhenua

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Daylight saving starts this election weekend

New Zealand daylight saving commences on Sunday 24 September 2017 when clocks go forward one hour at 2.00 am to become 3.00 am.


Information about New Zealand daylight saving.

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

He Tohu logo

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

Privacy investigation complete (15/09/2017)
The Department has investigated whether any Ministerial Services staff received or passed on information regarding the Rt Hon. Winston Peters’ superannuation matter.
The investigation process included a search of digital records and a series of interviews with Ministerial Services staff. It found that five Ministerial Services employees had received the information before it was reported by media. There was no evidence that the information was provided to media or third parties by these staff members.
The Department takes privacy seriously, and upholding the confidentiality of information forms part of the Code of Conduct all employees sign.
If further information comes to light, the Department will undertake further inquiries as necessary.

All Internal Affairs media releases

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