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Operational Policy Guidelines
ANZAC Day 2021
Cost of Events (updated November 2022)

The Visits and Ceremonial Office (VCO) is responsible for the planning, administration and coordination of arrangements for visitors to New Zealand who have been accorded Guest of Government status by the Prime Minister. The overriding objective is to help to promote New Zealand’s international interests through the efficient and effective delivery of visits. VCO works closely with other government agencies – particularly the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) – on these visits.

With the Parliamentary Relations team (PR), VCO is also responsible for organising Guest of Parliament visits. The main aim of these visits is to foster strong, positive relationships between the New Zealand and other parliaments.

VCO has primary responsibility for organising national ceremonial and commemorative events. Examples include ceremonial welcomes at Parliament and Government House, state funerals and the Anzac Day commemoration at the National War Memorial.

VCO also provides international airport arrival and departure facilitation for Guest of Government visitors, and New Zealand dignitaries such as the Governor-General and Prime Minister.

VCO forms part of the Ministerial Services and Secretariat Support (MaSS) branch of the Department of Internal Affairs. For further information, contact:

Read the Visits and Ceremonial Office - Operational Policy Guidelines:

ANZAC Day 2021

Read the Order of Service Commemoration Booklet:

ANZAC Day 25 April 2021 Commemoration booklet (PDF, 3MB)*

Cost of Events

Costs associated with the death of the Queen

New Zealand marked the passing of Queen Elizabeth II with a State Memorial Service on Monday, 26 September 2022. The State Memorial Service, held at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, was a chance to celebrate her Majesty’s life and seven-decade reign as New Zealand’s head of state.

Cost of Royal Visits

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