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New Zealandís relationship with Nepal is warm and friendly. A key event connecting our two countries was the ascent of Mt Everest in 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.
Official Name: Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
Land Area: 147,181 sq km
Population: 29.3 million
Capital City: Kathmandu
Religions: Hinduism, Buddhism
Language: Nepali (official), English, regional languages and dialects
Currency: Nepalese rupee (NR)
New Zealand's relations with Nepal are warm and friendly. The High Commissioner in New Delhi is accredited as Ambassador to Nepal, and Nepal’s Embassy in Australia is accredited to New Zealand. New Zealand has an Honorary Consul in Kathmandu and Nepal has an Honorary Consul in Auckland.
A feature of the relationship is New Zelaand and Nepal’s shared ascent of Mt Everest in 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and his Nepali partner Tenzing Norgay. Sir Edmund Hillary went to on to become increasingly connected with Nepal, including being appointed as New Zealand’s High Commissioner to India and Ambassador to Nepal from 1985 to 1989. His commitment to Nepal, including the development work of his Himalayan Trust organisation, forms an enduring legacy that is highly regarded by the Nepalese people. The Hillary connection is a very positive element in the bilateral relationship.
The New Zealand Government makes annual contributions to the Himalayan Trust, and continues to play a role in celebrating important events. This includes the celebrations in May and June 2013 to mark the 60th anniversary of the Everest Ascent.
New Zealand has a long-standing, although modest, trade relationship with Nepal, largely consisting of exports of wool and dairy products. Nepal is interested in learning more from New Zealand’s expertise in agriculture. The Asian Development Bank sponsored a visit to New Zealand in March by a Nepali delegation to study the New Zealand agricultural sector, which was led by Nepal’s Agriculture Secretary. In recognition of Nepal’s status as a least developed country, New Zealand waives tariffs on almost all Nepalese imports.
New Zealand Trade (year ended June 2013)
|NZ Exports||NZD 6,508,088 (FOB)|
|NZ Imports||NZD 657,074 (VFD)|
New Zealand continues to provide an annual contribution to the Himalaya Trust. We support development projects run by New Zealand NGOs in Nepal via the New Zealand Government contestable Partnership Fund. New Zealand currently supports a community development project run by Adventist Development Relief (ADRA), an education project run by Save the Children New Zealand and a cooperative enterprise project run by Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand.
New Zealand provides three scholarships per year for Nepali postgraduate students to study in New Zealand under the New Zealand Development Scholarships scheme. The scholarship lengths are usually for two to four years but we also promote shorter options where a relevant one-year postgraduate programme is available. 11 Nepali scholarship recipients are studying in New Zealand today.
Both New Zealand and Nepal are committed to multilateralism. We work together as members of the Asia-Pacific region, as members of the United Nations (UN), the World Trade Organiastion (WTO) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Our common membership of multilateral forums provides a platform for regular dialogue on key issues such as international trade, United Nations reform, human rights, and other transnational issues.
The Safe Travel website has comprehensive travel information including advice on the safety and security of travel to Nepal [external link].
Further enquiries may be directed to:
Tel: +64 4 439 8000
Fax: +64 4 439 8532