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Canada-New Zealand Relations

In New Zealand, Canada is represented by the High Commission of Canada in Wellington. Canada also has a Consulate/Trade Office in Auckland.

New Zealand is represented in Canada by a High Commission in Ottawa, a Consulate-General in Vancouver and an Honorary Consul in Toronto.

Canada’s extensive bilateral relations with New Zealand are marked by an ongoing flow of two-way visits and meetings of Ministers, Parliamentarians, and government and military officials at all levels. In February 2014, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird made an official visit to Wellington and Auckland. In April 2010, New Zealand Prime Minister Key paid an official visit to Ottawa. Other visits of Canadian Ministers to New Zealand include Immigration Minister Jason Kenney in August 2011, Defence Minister Peter Mackay in September 2011, and International Trade Minister Ed Fast in May 2012.

New Zealand is an important like-minded partner for Canada on a broad range of issues, including security and defence, international trade, counter-terrorism, human rights and humanitarian policy, indigenous issues, international fisheries and oceans governance, and education and culture. New Zealand has a strong commitment to multilateralism, and is one of the first countries to which Canada turns when seeking support for priorities in the United Nations (UN), the Commonwealth, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum. These close links are further strengthened under the informal Canada-Australia-New Zealand (CANZ) co-operation arrangement within the UN.

As a major player in the South Pacific, New Zealand assists Canada in understanding regional developments and providing practical support, as Canada does reciprocally in the Caribbean and Africa, where New Zealand has limited representation.

New Zealand’s indigenous Maori and Canada’s First Nations and Inuit peoples share a special relationship and are engaged in a broad range of business and cultural exchanges. The Maori King, Tuheitia Paki, led a visit to British Columbia First Nations peoples in June 2007.

New Zealand is a reliable and complementary trade partner for Canada, and the two countries co-operate closely in multilateral trade negotiations and the Cairns group of agricultural exporters. New Zealand and Canada share a modest level of trade and investment. In 2011, bilateral merchandise trade between the two countries totalled $932 million. In the same year, Canadian merchandise exports to New Zealand amounted to $382 million, with fertilizers, machinery, meat, books, electrical and electronic equipment and wood products being Canada's top exports. Meat (primarily lamb and beef), and beverages (primarily wine) are Canada’s top merchandise imports from New Zealand, which amounted to $550 million for the same period.

Canada is interested in New Zealand’s increasing economic engagement in the Asia-Pacific region; particularly as New Zealand became the first developed country to sign a free trade agreement with China in 2008. New Zealand is also a key member and the official depository for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multilateral free trade agreement for the Asia-Pacific region which is currently under negotiation.

August 2012


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