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New Zealand upgrades consular services for citizens

The government of New Zealand is implementing a software system aimed at helping it to better manage its consular services for citizens who travel overseas. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) has announced that it has awarded the contract to provide the software to WorldReach Software, a Canadian company that supplies crisis management software.

The system, expected to be fully operational by the end of 2005, will be used by the ministry’s 49 overseas posts and at its head office in Wellington. One of the system’s components is an online travel registry that enables citizens of New Zealand to register their travel details and contact details while abroad on the MFAT’s website. This will make it easier for the ministry to communicate with citizens who are overseas in the event of an emergency.