New Zealand recognised Estonia when it joined the League of Nations on 22 September 1921 (New Zealand joined the organisation 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 a British colony). New Zealand re-recognised Estonia on 28 August 1991 and diplomatic relations were established between the two countries on 6 January 1992.
Estonian Ambassador to New Zealand Kersti Eesmaa presented his credentials to Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy on 29 January 2020. The Ambassador resides in Canberra, Australia. As of 2021 Estonia’s honorary consul in New Zealand has been David Jaan Raudkivi. The Ambassador of New Zealand Mary Patricia Thurston presented her credentials to President Kersti Kaljulaid on 9 January 2018. The ambassador resides in Warsaw.
Visits to Estonia
|October 2018||Minister for Digital Government Megan Woods attended the Tallinn Digital Summit|
|November 2015||Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne in the framework of the D5 meeting|
|July 2015||Minister for Trade and Associate Foreign Minister Todd McClay|
|April 2014||Minister for Communications and of the Environment Amy Adams|
|April 2010||Foreign Minister Murray McCully|
|September 2006||Foreign Minister Winston Peters|
|April 2004||Speaker of the Parliament of New Zealand Jonathan Hunt|
|September 2004||Foreign Minister Philip Goff|
|to New Zealand|
|October 2018||President Kersti Kaljulaid|
|March 2016||Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand and Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini on a joint visit with a business delegation|
|April 2009||Foreign Minister Urmas Paet|
The first and currently only bilateral agreement between Estonia and New Zealand is an intergovernmental agreement on the right to work in the field of tourism, which came into effect on 5 November 2007.