As foreign nationals in New Zealand, it is important to us migrants to keep our most significant primary identification document valid at all times. When our passports are valid for only six more months, it is time to renew it. In this blog I am going to share with you where to renew the Philippine passport in New Zealand.
The only place you can renew your passport in New Zealand at any time of the year (excluding holidays) is the Philippine Embassy in Wellington. We have two more consulates in Auckland and in Christchurch but these offices do not have the equipment for data capturing.
Contact information of the Philippine Embassy in Wellington
Office Hours (Consular Services): Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Address: 50 Hobson Street, Thorndon, Wellington 6011 New Zealand
TEMPORARY ADDRESS (starting 30 October 2017): Level 1, 95 Thorndon Quay, Thorndon, Wellington 6011 New Zealand
Phone Numbers: +64 4 890 3741; +64 4 890 3742; +64 4 890 3744
Fax Number: +64 4 890 3740
Mobile Phone Number (24/7 Emergency Hotline): +64 22 074 6517
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PhilippineEmbassyWellingtonNewZealand
Note: Replace +64 with 0 if calling within New Zealand; drop the area code 04 if calling within Wellington
When coming from the airport, you can use Bus 91 or more commonly known as the Airport Flyer to arrive within the vicinity of the Embassy. If I remember correctly, you have to alight at Molesworth Street – New World and walk to the Embassy for 7 to 10 minutes. Please check MetLink for more accurate information if commuting within Wellington.
What if you do not live in Wellington? The most question most asked is “can you just mail the requirements to renew the passport?” The answer is no. Part of the data capturing is taking the passport renewal applicant’s picture so a personal appearance is required.
If you physically cannot go to Wellington, the Philippine Embassy in Wellington has a Mobile Consular Team assembled to visit other cities and localities in New Zealand, Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga, and offer consular services to Filipinos within their home cities.
The Philippine Embassy in Wellington usually announce their outreach missions at the start of the year on their website so you can plan ahead. You can find the 2017 schedule of the outreach missions from this page.
They also have a Facebook page where you also can check for announcements. It will be good to set a reminder to check their website or their Facebook page a few weeks before the Mobile Consular Team arrives in your city as by that time they would also open the appointments website for booking and annouce the location of the consular services. I believe they would not accommodate you if you do not make a booking and slots do get filled fast. Not as fast as filling the Philippine Working Holiday Scheme slots, but still fast.
As proof of the Embassy and the Department of Foreign Affairs not letting me down, here is a photograph of my new Philippine passport’s first page. Looks neat right?