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Relationship with New Zealand

Rigoberta Menchu, Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
Rigoberta Menchu, Nobel Peace Prize laureate. [1]

New Zealand and Guatemala have a warm and positive relationship, with cooperation particularly in the areas of trade and development. New Zealand and Guatemala are both members of the United Nations (UN), the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the Forum for East Asia Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC) and the International Whaling Commission (IWC). New Zealand also engages with Guatemala through SICA, the Central American Integration System [external link].

Trade in goods with New Zealand

NZ Exports (2014)                NZ$25.4 million
Main exports                        Dairy products, milk food preparations

NZ Imports (2014)               NZ$4.7 million
Main imports                        Coffee, plastics

Source: Statistics New Zealand (year to December 2014)


In January 2002 the then Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hon Phil Goff, visited Guatemala. The visit was the first (and only) Ministerial-level bilateral visit between New Zealand and Guatemala. It was during this visit that the New Zealand Honorary Consulate in Guatemala City was opened.top of page


The New Zealand Embassy in Mexico City is accredited to Guatemala [external link]. The first New Zealand Honorary Consul in Guatemala, Mr Emmanuel Seidner, was appointed in December 2001. The current Honorary Consul is Mrs Tania de Seidner (please find contact information here) [external link].

The Guatemalan Embassy in Tokyo is accredited to New Zealand [external link].


Development assistance

Guatemala is eligible for New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS). For more information visit the New Zealand Development Scholarships page on the New Zealand Embassy, Mexico website [external website].

Guatemala is also eligible for small-grant funding under the Head of Mission Fund (HOMF), administered by the New Zealand Embassy in Mexico City. The Head of Mission Fund is a modest grant-scheme to allow the Embassy to support activities that directly contribute to poverty elimination and that meet development needs. 


Travel advice

The New Zealand Safe Travel website has comprehensive information including advice on travel to Guatemala [external link].



[1] Guatemalan Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rigoberta Menchu attends the Nobel Prize Winners' Initiative Forum, "Women Redefining Democracy for Peace, Justice, and Equality," in Antigua Guatemala. Photo courtesy of Eitan Abramovich-AFP/Getty Images.

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