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Canada-New Zealand relations

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Bilateral 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.

Trade relations

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. In 2021, bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and New Zealand remained stable at around $1.2 billion. Canadian merchandise exports amounted to $434.3 million, comprising mainly of machinery and equipment (turbojets, turbopropellers and agricultural related), wood (softwood lumber), vehicles (tractors and parts; and cars), electronic equipment (cameras and smartphones) and sulfur. Imports amounted to $769.6 million and top imports were meat (sheep and bovine), beverages (wine), dairy products (butter, cheese, whey) and honey, machinery and equipment (agriculture related) and fruits (kiwis). Bilateral services trade in 2020 was valued at about $364 million, with Canadian exports accounting for $164 million of that total.

In 2021, Canadian direct investment into New Zealand amounted to $2 billion. New Zealand’s foreign direct investment into Canada totaled $791 million.

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Partnerships and organizations

To develop effective responses to today’s most pressing global challenges, Canada and New Zealand work closely in multilateral fora, such as:

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