Relations between Estonia and New Zealand have been very friendly and good, despite the distance separating the
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.
Since December 4, 2014, New Zealand has been represented in Estonia by Ambassador Rodney Harris, who resides in Berlin.
Minister of Education Hekia Parata
Minister of Internal Affairs Peter Dunne
Minister of Revenue and Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs Todd McClay
Minister of Communications and Environment Amy Adams
Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully
Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters
Speaker of Parliament Jonathan Hunt
Minister of Foreign Affairs Philip Goff
to New Zealand
Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand
Minister of Education Jaak Aaviksoo
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).
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.