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Congratulatory Message Service - Te Tari Taurima Manuhiri Tuarangi


Service Overview
The Congratulatory Messages Service is a way of acknowledging people's special anniversaries. Administered by the Visits and Ceremonial Office of the Department of Internal Affairs, this service is available to all New Zealand residents free of charge.

Who sends congratulatory messages:
  • Her Majesty the Queen (through Government House)
  • Her Excellency The Governor-General
  • the Prime Minister
  • the Minister of Internal Affairs
  • the Minister for Senior Citizens and the local Member of Parliament.

Anniversaries eligible for a Congratulatory Message:
  • 50th (Golden) wedding anniversary
  • 55th (Emerald) wedding anniversary
  • 60th (Diamond) wedding anniversary
  • 65th, 70th and 75th wedding anniversaries
  • birthdays of 100 years and over.

Her Majesty The Queen (through Government House) sends messages of congratulations on the following occasions:
  • wedding anniversary -60th, 65th ,70th, 75th
  • birthday of 100 Years.

Her Excellency The Governor-General sends messages of congratulations on the following occasions:
  • wedding anniversary - 50th, 60th, 65th , 70th, 75th
  • birthday - 100 Years, 105 Years.

The Prime Minister, the Minister of Internal Affairs and the local Member of Parliament send messages of congratulations on the following occasions:
  • wedding anniversary - 50th, 55th, 60th, 65th , 70th, 75th
  • birthday - every birthday 100 Years and over.

The Minister for Senior Citizens sends messages of congratulations on the following occasions:
  • every birthday 100 Years and over.

Arranging a congratulatory message
Forms are available:
  • in electronic version to download here. Once the form is downloaded to your computer, you can print it, then complete it using a pen and return the form and accompanying material to us by mail. Forms available in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. To read this format you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version from the Adobe site.
  • an electronic (.pdf) version of our pamphlet is also available for download here. You need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version from the Adobe site.
  • Hard copies are available from the Visits and Cermonial Office.

Information we need / Timeframe
We need the following details at least one month before the event, otherwise we are unable to guarantee that messages will be processed in time for the celebrations:
  • full name(s) of the person(s) to whom the message is to be sent
  • full home address (and address where the message is to be delivered if different from the home address)
  • date and place of birth or marriage (copies of the birth certificate or marriage certificate should be included if possible). Confirmation of a celebration is desired but not essential
  • name and electorate of their local Member of Parliament (if known)
  • home address and phone number of the person supplying the above information (please indicate if you would like us to confirm that we've received your request).

If there are any changes to the information supplied, please notify the Visits and Ceremonial Office as early as possible.

How to contact the Visits and Ceremonial Office
Send requests for congratulatory messages and contact us at:

Congratulatory Message Service
Visits and Ceremonial Office
Department of Internal Affairs
PO Box 805, Wellington
Phone: (04) 470-2901
Fax: (04) 470-2909
Email:
egs@dia.govt.nz

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