Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully invited Thai Prime Minister Yingluck to make her first visit to New Zealand since her election last year, when meeting in Bangkok recently.
Mr McCully travelled to Southeast Asia for a series of meetings with regional leaders, included the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers Meeting and the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Regional Forum in Cambodia.
He discussed trade, education and tourism issues when co-chairing the second Thailand/New Zealand Joint Ministerial Commission with Thai Foreign Minister Surapong.
The meeting noted that long-standing bilateral bonds between the countries had been strengthened with closer cooperation and growing people-to-people contacts.
An example of bilateral cooperation was in vocational education and training, including English language training.
The potential for two-way business and investment growth, including in food and agro-industries and in creative industries such as film and digital content, was discussed.
Thailand and New Zealand enjoy a strong partnership in regional architecture, including the ASEAN-New Zealand Dialogue, the East Asia Summit, the ASEAN Regional Forum and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation.
While in Bangkok, Mr McCully also witnessed the signing of a police cooperation agreement between New Zealand and Thailand. New Zealand Police and the Royal Thai Police are making a joint effort to enhance cooperation in the fight against transnational crime and in disaster response.
In the Philippines, Mr McCully met with President Aquino and Foreign Affairs Secretary del Rosario to discuss improved air services and progressing a proposed working holiday scheme.