A Beginner’s Guide to Teaching in China: How to get your documents legalised (New Zealand)



Criminal Record Check

(must be within the six-month validity when you arrive in China)



Documents that are not issued by New Zealand government agency, such as power of attorney, academic records, must be notarised by a Notary Public in New Zealand. Please contact the Department of Internal Affairs of New Zealand if you are uncertain whether your documents require notarisation.



Fees vary between Notaries so you may want to phone more than one.

The Notary will produce a “Notarial Act” which states exactly what they have done, e. witnessed a signature or certified a true copy.



 Find a notary public near you: https://notarypublic.org.nz/


By New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) for authentication



1st certificate: $65

Any extra certificates: $31 each

Courier fee: $5


Payment method

 NZ cheque
NZ money order
 International bank draft
Credit or debit card (Visa, Mastercard or American Express)


Up to 7 working days.

Authentications are then sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

There is no urgent service. If you need your documents processed quickly, write ‘urgent’ in the box at the end of the form and explain why.

The Department of Internal Affairs Authentication Unit in Wellington has specific requirements depending on the type of document. These requirements are on their website at www.govt.nz/authentications under ‘Authentication Unit document requirements’. ·

Download the instructions and application form: https://www.govt.nz/assets/Documents/Authentications/request-document-authentication-or-apostille.pdf


Send the completed form, your documents and the payment to the Department of Internal Affairs Authentication Unit in Wellington.

Deliver in person

Authentication Unit, Level 5, 120 Victoria Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

 By courier

Authentication Unit
Department of Internal Affairs
Level 1
120 Victoria Street, Te Aro
New Zealand

 By post

Authentication Unit
Department of Internal Affairs
PO Box 805
Wellington 6140
New Zealand


 Email: auth.unit@dia.govt.nz

Phone: +64 4 460 2221 (outside New Zealand)

Freephone: 0800 872 675

Website: dia.govt.nz/Document-authentication

For more details, please contact: Authentications Unit – Department of Internal Affairs (DIA)



Submit the documents to the Chinese embassy or consulates for legalisation.

Documents which have been authenticated by the Department of Internal Affairs of New Zealand can now be sent to the Chinese Consulate-General in Auckland for consular legalisation.




Where to submit your application?

The Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Auckland is responsible for processing applications from Northland, Auckland and Waikato.

Applicants from other regions in Northland may apply at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in New Zealand at Wellington (www.chinaembassy.org.nz).

Applicants from Southland may apply at the Consulate-General of P.R. China in Christchurch (christchurch.chineseconsulate.org).



Documents to be used for private purpose: $40, per document

Urgent fee: $40, per document

All fees are in New Zealand dollars.


Payment method

Bank Cheque

EFTPOS and Credit Card (Visa / MasterCard only)

We do NOT accept direct credit or online transfer.

We no longer accept payment made by cash, personal cheque, money order and company (business) cheque.



Four working days.

Urgent process (2-3 working days) is available if permitted by the consular officer and additional fees apply.


Processing times do not include the time required for transit of applications by post or courier.

If you are submitting via courier or post, you must also include BOTH:

1) a self-addressed prepaid courier package or envelope

2) additional $15 mail handling service fee.



Office hours:

9am-11:30 am (application submission only)

2pm-4pm (application collection only)

Monday – Friday, excluding public holidays

Street address: 630 Great South Road, Ellerslie, Auckland

Telephone: 09 5265680, 09 5793080

Facsimile: 09 579 4288

Email: chinaconsul_ak_nz@mfa.gov.cn



Office hours:

9am-12pm (application submission and collection)

Monday – Friday, excluding public holidays

Street address: 108Hansons Lane, Upper Riccartion, Christchurch

Telephone: 03 3433650

Facsimile: 03 3433647

Email: consulate_chc@mfa.gov.cn



Office hours:

9am-11:30am (Monday – Friday) excluding public holidays

2pm-4pm (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday only) excluding public holidays

Street address: 4 Halswell Street, Thorndon, Wellington 6011

Telephone: 04 473 3514

Facsimile: 04 4995572

Email:  nzchinaembassy@gmail.com


Notary Public:  https://notarypublic.org.nz/

The Department of Internal Affairs of New Zealand:




The Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China

Wellington: http://www.chinaembassy.org.nz/eng/lsfw/gzrz/t1491197.htm

Auckland: http://www.chinaconsulate.org.nz/eng/lsqz/gg/t1491093.htm

Christchurch: http://christchurch.chineseconsulate.org/eng/lsfws/applications/t1492975.htm


Pioneer & Beyond does not hold any legal right or responsibility to the information in this document/ on this page. All the information in this document is copied from the official website of The Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China and The Department of Internal Affairs of New Zealand.

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