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Relationship with New Zealand

The New Zealand Embassy in Mexico has been accredited to Nicaragua since 2013. In 2013 the Foreign Minister of Nicaragua, Samuel Santos López, visited New Zealand and issued a Joint Statement exploring cooperation in agriculture and renewable energy with New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully.  The relationship between New Zealand and Nicaragua is dominated by the export of New Zealand dairy products. New Zealand also engages with Nicaragua through SICA, the Central American Integration System (external link).

Trade in goods with New Zealand

NZ Exports (2014)                   NZ$27.8 million
Main export                             Milk powder

NZ Imports (2014)                   NZ$1.5 million
Main imports                            Apparel, coffee

Source: Statistics New Zealand (year to December 2014)


The Nicaraguan Foreign Minister, Samuel Santos López, visited New Zealand in November 2013.


The New Zealand Embassy in Mexico City is accredited to Nicaragua (external link).

Development assistance

Nicaragua is eligible for New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS). For more information visit the New Zealand Development Scholarships (external link)page on the New Zealand Embassy in Mexico website.

Nicaragua 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 Nicaragua (external link).

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Page last updated: Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:51 NZDT