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New Zealand passports | Uruwhenua Aotearoa

The Department of Internal Affairs | Te Tari Taiwhenua


New style e-Passport

New Zealand has a new style e-Passport containing new security features and new artwork.

The new security features help future-proof the New Zealand passport against fraud and maintain visa-free entry for New Zealanders into more than 50 countries.

The New Zealand passport has an outstanding reputation around the world and the security features in the new style e-Passport can only enhance that reputation. As a country we always need to take advantage of the latest advances in technology to maintain international confidence in the New Zealand passport.

The new security chip incorporates a colour embedded photograph

An example photo page showing where information is positioned

The passport artwork

New artwork in the new style e-Passport makes the document much more difficult to counterfeit. It depicts themes of navigation and travel. The new style e-Passport is in English and Te Reo Māori throughout.

It is accepted that New Zealanders are prolific travellers, sometimes even referred to as “the World’s Greatest Travellers”. New Zealand is framed by water so travel to another country is never as simple as a drive over a border. For New Zealanders, international travel means a “Journey” must be undertaken. Looking back in time, all New Zealanders either journeyed here from somewhere else, or their ancestors did.

A sample of the artwork from the New Zealand passport, showing the navigation theme.

The new design for the New Zealand passport evolved from the concept of navigation and New Zealand’s evolution from a place of discovery to a place of destination. Throughout the passport themes of arrival and departure, navigation and time are represented figuratively and metaphorically.

Featured in the artwork are navigation tools used by explorers of New Zealand throughout the ages with early features highlighted at the start to modern techniques portrayed at the end of the book. These tools are set against a backdrop of New Zealand locations which provide a sense of a journey from the ocean to the coast and up into the mountains, and from north to south representing the general geographic pattern of exploration and settlement.