Regrettably, I announce that, due to my retirement, the Honorary Consulate of Mongolia in New Zealand closed permanently from 15 March 2017.
I am unable to confirm exactly what future visa processing arrangements will be and, in the meantime, all visa and general consular enquiries should directed to Mr K. Khos-Erdene, Attaché at the Mongolian Embassy in Canberra whose contacts are:-
Phone: +61 2 6286 2947
We wish to thank all those people we have had contact with over the past 10 years and hope that you will remember our tenure with fondness. We have always tried to provide a level of service that would enhance the reputation of Mongolia in New Zealand; to encourage people to find out more about Mongolia and its people and to visit to see the wonders of Mongolia in person.
This draws to a close a 25 year relationship that I have had with Mongolia about which I have very fond memories of the friendliness and hospitality of Mongolian people.
I wish the Mongolian people well in their efforts to maintain a thriving democratic, market economy in central Asia and I hope that some day, in the not too distant future, Mongolia will once again have direct diplomatic representation on the ground in New Zealand. In the meantime Bayarlalaa, Bayartai
Sain bainuu, Kia ora and Welcome!
Thank you for visiting us
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Mongolian throat singer with Morin Khuur
(Horse Head Fiddle)
New Zealand and Mongolian Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers exchanged letters on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations
The Prime Minister of Mongolia H.E. Mr. Ch. Saikhanbileg and the Prime Minister of New Zealand the Rt Hon. John Key have exchanged congratulatory letters on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations.
The Prime Ministers noted that the two nations share common values and strategic interests, and highlighted the attributes of being small nations in the Asia Pacific region.
The New Zealand Prime Minister highlighted the support of Mongolia to New Zealand’s candidacy for the UN Security Council.
The Prime Minister of Mongolia acknowledged New Zealand’s contribution towards strengthening of the public sector and capacity building in Mongolia. He also stressed Mongolian Government’s interest to develop bilateral relations in agriculture, education and peacekeeping sector.
Prime Minister Saikhanbileg invited the Prime Minister Key to attend the 20th ASEM Summit in 2016 in Mongolia.
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia H.E. Mr. L. Purevsuren and Minister for Foreign Affairs of New Zealand the Hon. Murray McCully have exchanged letters on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the official relations.
The two ministers noted the growing friendly and practical relations between Mongolia and New Zealand, emphasising on the ELTO programme, which supports young Mongolians to develop their English language and to gain experience in New Zealand.
The New Zealand Foreign Minister thanked Mongolia for its role in supporting New Zealand’s candidacy for the UN Security Council and invited Mongolian Foreign Minister to visit New Zealand.
40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.
Mongolia and New Zealand, nations split
apart by waters, but united by values
someone says, on the streets of Wellington, Christchurch or Auckland, I am from
Mongolia, perhaps many Kiwis would straightaway think of horses, Chingis Khan, vastness
of land and the ‘Weeping Camel’, a worldwide renowned documentary. To some, Mongolia might sound like a distant
alien planet, where temperatures fluctuate between -50C in winter
and +40C in summer, where there is no access to the ocean; and
where a mix of endless steppes and desert spreads for hundreds of kilometres.
All true, and the “Journey to Outer Mongolia”
, a book by Rewi Alley, published in 1957 in
Christchurch, was probably the very first exposure of Mongolia to the New
unique and interesting aspects of Mongolia are its land area of approximately
six times that of New Zealand, but with a population just little over 3 million
making Mongolia one of the lowest density populations on Earth. Nearly one
quarter of the population still lives a nomadic lifestyle, in Gers; big
felt-layered tents, heated by a central stove. Mongolian blue sky, mountains,
forests, lakes and green grasses would make Kiwis feel at home. But there are
few things that Kiwis can find only in Mongolia. They can feel the real freedom
of as yet unprivatised pastoral land by riding horses and camels, by herding
baby goats and yaks, and spotting vultures, wild horses and hundreds of furry,
little marmots. They can visit world-heritage protected Buddhist monasteries,
temples, and an ancient city recovered from the age of Chingis Khan. And, most
of all, Mongolian nomads are open and generous people with a friendly welcome for
Such features have attracted and keep on attracting many thousand
Kiwis, to whom Mongolia has become a favourite place for rural adventure.
Although, Mongolia and New Zealand are placed at opposite edges of the
planet, they share and offer many similarities. Mongolians and Kiwis both like
horses. The Mongol Derby is the
longest and toughest horse race in the world. Every year, at least one Kiwi
competes in the 1000 km course recreating Chingis Khan's legendary, empire-busting postal system, where riders change horse every 40km and stay with herders or camp under the stars for 10 days.
Eight young horses were bought
off Christchurch trainers and exported to Mongolia back in 2012 and Mongolian
riders and polo
players are often trained in New Zealand and compete at competitions such as
New Zealand Open tournament.
Some of my friends from Mongolia visited New Zealand with their
families last year, just to see the locations where the Lord of
the Rings and Hobbit movies were shot.
Mongolians admire New Zealand’s natural
beauty, the indigenous culture, the preservation of the natural environment and
the development of your agricultural and tourism sectors. As a small nation, Mongolia sees New Zealand as the example of
development potential. Almost no one knows that Mongolia, after careful
consideration, applied New Zealand’s system of public administration since
In Mongolia, agriculture
plays a critical role in our economic development, employment and society,
specifically in the wellbeing and livelihood of herders, who constitute
much of our population. Although Mongolia is an
agricultural country, with around 50 million livestock, it imports USD 20 million of Fonterra dairy products. Also, NZ’s famous Marlborough wine is one of the favourites
Just recently, Mongolia concluded a FTA with Japan and it is up to Mongolia to unlock the full potential of that agreement, and therefore, Mongolia is interested to learn from the experiences of New Zealand’s FTA with others.
New Zealand has been home for more than 150 Mongolians, who have studied
and worked there. Since 2007, New Zealand provided
scholarships to Mongolians for postgraduate studies annually. Many Mongolian public
servants have attended the New Zealand Government English language training for
Officials program and our current Foreign Minister is an alumni of this
program. Around one thousand New Zealanders visit Mongolia annually. Both
countries have reciprocally appointed Honorary Consuls.
The two nations
established diplomatic relations in 1975. Over the last 40 years, bilateral
relations have developed slowly but surely. Political relations increased in
early 1990s with frequent mutual exchanges of visits at many levels. The visit
of the Governor-General of New Zealand the
Hon Anand Satyanand to Mongolia in 2008; and a visit the Hon Murray
McCully, Minister for Foreign Affairs to Mongolia in 2013, are recent
Like New Zealand being
part of the South
Pacific Nuclear Free Zone, Mongolia proclaimed itself a Nuclear-free zone in the
early 1990s, which was endorsed by all five permanent members of the UN
Security Council. Mongolia and New Zealand have been frequently meeting within the ambit
of multilateral mechanisms such as the UN, ARF and we cooperate within the framework of
international institutions such as World Bank, ADB etc.
Mongolia places great
importance on peacekeeping operations, which it utilises as an important
diplomatic tool. Since it began active participation in international
peacekeeping missions, Mongolia has sent over 11,000 troops to various
destinations across the globe, with a current deployment of nearly 800
peacekeepers in South Sudan. There is a great potential to strengthen
peacekeeping cooperation between our nations.
As Mongolia has only two geographic neighbours, it pursues an active
foreign policy, called the “third
aimed at strengthening relations with other
friends abroad, such as New Zealand. Furthermore, Mongolia has a desire to join
APEC. In 2013, Mongolia successfully
chaired the Community of Democracies, and in 2016, Mongolia is honoured to host
the heads of states and governments of the Asia Europe Meeting forum.
landlocked nation, Mongolia strives to effectively face this unique challenge.
Joining forces with other landlocked developing nations, in 2014 it has initiated
and launched, in Ulaanbaatar, the UN’s International “Think Tank for
Land Locked Development Countries”.
Although Mongolia and New Zealand are two nations distanced by seas and oceans, there are many similarities and potential to further deepen our mutually beneficial relations. The fact that Mongolia and New Zealand are both small nations reinforces the common values and strategic interests which they share.
H.E. Ravdan Bold is the Ambassador of Mongolia to New Zealand based in Canberra.