Canada-New Zealand Relations

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 Honorary Consuls in Toronto and Calgary.

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 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; the Commonwealth; the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum; and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum. These close links are further strengthened under the informal Canada-Australia-New Zealand 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 Māori and Canada’s First Nations and Inuit peoples share a special relationship and are engaged in a broad range of business and cultural exchanges.

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 and stable level of trade and investment. In 2018, bilateral merchandise trade with New Zealand totalled $1.3 billion, a 6.7 percent increase from the previous year. Canadian exports (mainly machinery and equipment, wood, printed material, fertilizers, and meat) reached $534 million while imports (mainly meat, and beverages – primarily wine) increased to $750 million. Two-way investment between Canada and New Zealand is a key component of the bilateral relationship.

In 2018, foreign direct investment (FDI) stock from New Zealand into Canada amounted to $127 million, while Canadian direct investment stock in New Zealand amounted to $813 million.

May 2019