- Published on 17 August 2007
Diplomatic relations between the Philippines and New Zealand were established on 06 July 1966. The Philippine Embassy in Canberra, Australia exercised diplomatic and consular jurisdiction over New Zealand for a period of ten (10) years.
The resident Embassy was officially established on 09 October 1976. On 17 November 1976, Ambassador Pacifico Evangelista presented his credentials to H.E. Sir Denis Blundell, then Governor-General of New Zealand, as the first resident Philippine Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. From May 1981 until his retirement from the service on 31 March 1986, Ambassador Evangelista was the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps.
The following is the list of Philippine Ambassadors to New Zealand from the time of the establishment of RP-NZ Diplomatic Relations:
Name Inclusive Dates
1. H.E. Pacifico Evangelista 17 November 1976 - 31 March 1986
2. H.E. Eduardo J. Montilla 14 August 1986 - July 1990
3. H.E. Ernesto V. Llamas 05 July 1990 - November 1990
4. H.E. Vesta I. Cuyugan 15 November 1993 - August 1996
5. H.E. Alicia C. Ramos 21 August 1996 - January 2002
6. H.E. Francisco F. Santos 06 January 2002 - 10 October 2003
7. H.E. Dr. Bienvenido V. Tejano 03 August 2005 - 30 September 2010
8. H.E. Virginia H. Benavidez 02 September 2011 - 30 September 2015
Aside from New Zealand, the Embassy exercises diplomatic and consular jurisdiction over the Republic of the Fiji Islands, Samoa and the Kingdom of Tonga and an oversight jurisdiction over the Cook Islands.
The Embassy supervises the Honorary Consulates General in Auckland, Christchurch, New Zealand and in Suva, Fiji.