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The New Zealand Consulate General in Los Angeles is an overseas post of the New Zealand Government. It is responsible to the New Zealand Ambassador in Washington for pursuing a range of New Zealands interests in the western part of the United States. The Consul-General, the Honourable Leon Grice is accredited for the following states:

Alaska Arizona California Colorado
Idaho Montana Nevada  New Mexico
Oregon  Utah Washington  Wyoming

There are four branches of the New Zealand Government in Los Angeles. All branches work independently under the aegis of the Consulate-General, and have their own structures. The Consulate-General works closely with these other government departments and agencies, as well as the business sector, to promote New Zealand's economic interests in the Western States.

The four Government agencies are as follows:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade manages the New Zealand Governments dealings with other countries and international organisations and assists New Zealanders in difficulty overseas. It advises the Government on foreign and trade policy issues that will affect New Zealand's interests in relation to other countries. On behalf of the Government it enters into dialogue with other governments, to implement New Zealand's policies and promote New Zealand's interests. (external link).

New Zealand Trade & Enterprise offers the New Zealand business community a single organisation that can provide a range of high quality, responsive and expert services to businesses throughout their life cycle, from start-ups to internationally competitive exporting companies. (external link).

Investment New Zealand is the government's investment promotions agency that actively attracts and facilitates foreign direct investment (FDI). FDI may be in the form of joint ventures or partnerships with New Zealand companies, "greenfields" (e.g. start-up companies) investments, or corporate relocations. Investment New Zealand is part of New Zealand Trade and Enterprse, reporting to its board. (external link).

Tourism New Zealand is responsible for ensuring that New Zealand is marketed as a competitive visitor destination to maximise long-term benefits to New Zealand. Its functions are to develop, implement and promote strategies for tourism; and to advise the Government and the New Zealand tourism industry on matters relating to the development, implementation, and promotion of those strategies. Website:, and for collateral (external links).

In addition the Consulate-General provides services on behalf of the Department of Internal Affairs (passports inquiries) and the New Zealand Immigration Service (visas).

Los Angeles Consulate Staff -


Leon Grice

Aaron Jones


Administration Manager

Rees Ward

Policy Advisor/Executive Officer

Tina Hellier

Executive Assistant/Team Administrator

Ingrid Burrowes

Consular/Immigration Team

Team Administrator - Finance

Cherry Hankins

Senior Consular Advisor/Immigration Officer

Vishnu Setlur
Bradley Reid                     

Consular Advisor/Immigration Officer
Consular Advisor/Immigration Officer

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
Marta Mager - Regional Director America 
Adam Bennett - Trade Commissioner                       

New Zealand Tourism

Gregg Anderson - Regional Director Americas


Honorary Consuls (representing the West Coast)

Mrs Starr Hurley – Sacramento

Mr Iain B McKay - Salt Lake City

Mr Robert W Ayling - San Diego

Mr Anthony Mosse - San Francisco

Mrs Rachel Jacobsen – Seattle

Mr Charles Swindells - Portland

New Zealand Honorary Consuls

The functions of New Zealand Honorary Consuls include helping facilitate contacts and friendly relations between New Zealand and the USA; assisting the Embassy and LA Consulate General in their tasks and with official visitors, representing New Zealand at local ceremonies and functions, providing a focal point for New Zealanders in their area - including with advice for those in distress situations and passports as well as acting as a liaison point for the New Zealand posts; providing information on general enquiries and visas and assisting with fostering New Zealand’s trade with the USA. For contact details and jurisdiction of all US
Honorary Consuls (external link to NZ Embassy website) 
NOTE: Honorary Consuls do not accept applications for, or issue, visas.


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