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Estonia - New Zealand relations


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Relations between Estonia and New Zealand have been very friendly and good, despite the distance separating the countries.

New Zealand recognized Estonia when it joined the League of Nations on September 22, 1921 (New Zealand joined that organization as a founding member in 1919 together with other British dominions, such as Australia, Canada, the Union of South Africa and India, which had the status of being a British colony).

New Zealand re-recognized Estonia on August 28, 1991 and diplomatic relations were established between the two countries on January 6, 1992.

The Embassy of Estonia in Canberra is responsible for bilateral relations with New Zealand.

Ambassador Andres Unga presented his credentials to Governor-General Jerry Mateparae on March 20, 2013.

Estonia’s Honorary Consul is Tony (Tõnu) Loorpärg in Wellington.

Since December 4, 2014, New Zealand has been represented in Estonia by Ambassador Rodney Harris, who resides in Berlin.


to Estonia  
March 2016 Minister of Education Hekia Parata
November 2015 Minister of Internal Affairs Peter Dunne
July 2015 Minister of Revenue and Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs Todd McClay
April 2014 Minister of Communications and Environment Amy Adams
April 2010 Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully
September 2006 Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters
April 2004 Speaker of Parliament Jonathan Hunt
September 2004 Minister of Foreign Affairs Philip Goff

to New Zealand  
March 2016  Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand
March 2014  Minister of Education Jaak Aaviksoo
April 2009  Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Paet


The first and currently only bilateral agreement between Estonia and New Zealand is an Arrangement on a Working Holiday Scheme between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of New Zealand (in effect since November 5, 2007).


Economic relations

Trade between Estonia and New Zealand 2006-2017 (in EUR)


* May 2017

Source: Statistical Office of Estonia

The main articles of export are: paper pulp, toys and sports equipment, floating structures, optical- and measurement devices and wooden products.

The main articles of import are: wool, fish/seafood and machinery/equipment.

Estonians in New Zealand

The first large group of Estonians (116 people) came to New Zealand in June 1949. As they had arrived in the country with the assistance of the Government of New Zealand, the obligation of working for 2 years was applied to every newcomer. Men were for the most part sent to factories and women performed sewing or cleaning jobs. The major Estonian centres are in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. In 2006 there were 105 Estonian-born people living in New Zealand and about 1 400 individuals with Estonian roots.


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