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Our relationship with North America

New Zealand has a close relationship with the Canada and the US based on friendship, common heritage, values and interests. New Zealand’s formal connections with Canda and the US include our work with international organisations such as the UN, WTO and regional organisations such as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC).

Our relationship with the Caribbean

As fellow small states, New Zealand and the Caribbean have shared interests that have grown through our Commonwealth history and personal connections, the dairy trade, and sporting ties, particularly with cricket. The 2014 opening of the New Zealand High Commission in Bridgetown, Barbados has helped to cement the relationship between New Zealand and the Caribbean. Using Barbados as a home base, we engage regularly at a high level with Caribbean governments and deliver our development assistance programme throughout the region.

Our engagement with the Caribbean is based on our desire to build stronger partnerships with this large region of small island states. We want to build connections between the Caribbean and the Pacific, and use our expertise and experience to explore solutions to development issues faced by small island developing states (SIDS). New Zealand is a strong advocate for SIDS in the international area, our engagement in this area having grown in recent years linked to our support for the UN SIDS conference in Apia in 2014 and our use of our United Nations Security Council term to raise the profile of SIDS issues (most notably holding an Open Debate on the peace and security challenges facing SIDS in July 2015).want to build connections between the Caribbean and the Pacific, and use our expertise and experience to explore solutions to development issues faced by small island developing states (SIDS). New Zealand is a strong advocate for SIDS in the international area, our engagement in this area having grown in recent years linked to our support for the UN SIDS conference in Apia in 2014 and our use of our United Nations Security Council term to raise the profile of SIDS issues (most notably holding an Open Debate on the peace and security challenges facing SIDS in July 2015).

In 2014 a number of Caribbean leaders visited New Zealand to cement high level contacts and explore opportunities to grow relationships between our two countries. There is particular interest in building links in the renewable energy, agriculture and education sectors, and in Māori economic development models.

Formal connections

Through the United Nations and the Commonwealth we work closely with our Caribbean partners, particularly on issues to do with small island developing states such as oceans management, transnational crime and small arms trafficking.

We have formal diplomatic relationships with the following Caribbean countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. We also have formal diplomatic relationships with the two main regional organisations: the CARICOM Secretariat and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

Our High Commission in Bridgetown, Barbados manages our diplomatic relationship with CARICOM and OECS.

Trade

We have a long, yet modest history of trade links with the Caribbean. Our exports are largely dairy products and meat, and we import spirits and accessories. Total two-way trade between New Zealand and the Caribbean in 2014 was $105 million, of which $95 million were New Zealand exports. There is scope to expand trade, tourism and investment as the economies of the Caribbean develop.

Aid

As small island developing states, most Caribbean countries face development challenges related to their size, isolation and vulnerability. Our development work in the Caribbean focuses on partnering in areas of need where we have expertise and experience:

  • renewable energy (particularly geothermal)
  • disaster risk management
  • knowledge and skills (including scholarships and targeted assistance in agriculture).

We signed a Development Cooperation Arrangement with CARICOM in May 2014 which encourages partnership in these areas.

Find out more about the New Zealand Aid Programme with the Caribbean

Our relationship with Latin America

Latin America is important to us; it is part of the Asia Pacific region but is also a key partner in its own right. Our Latin America Strategy guides our efforts to deepen our relationships with key Latin countries such as Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Brazil and Argentina. 

We have a lot in common with Latin America and work closely with Latin countries on a range of international issues. We are both major agricultural producers, and we are working together to support global agricultural and fisheries reform. We also cooperate closely on areas such as climate change and the environment, Antarctic issues, disarmament, human rights and indigenous issues.

Formal connections

  • the United Nations (UN);
  • World Trade Organisation (WTO);
  • the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC);
  • the Pacific Alliance;
  • MERCOSUR;
  • the Community for Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC);
  • the Central American Integration Scheme (SICA);
  • the Forum for East Asia – Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC); and
  • the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases.

Trade

Latin American countries are important trading partners for us, although there is a lot of untapped potential. We are an Observer of the Pacific Alliance (a regional integration initiative between Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru) and have a long-standing dialogue with Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay).

A significant number of Latin American countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Paraguay and Uruguay) are members of the Cairns Group(external link), along with New Zealand and Australia.


Latin America is an important source of students and tourists for New Zealand, and there are a range of Working Holiday Schemes in place that can enable young New Zealanders to travel in the region.

Trade agreements and negotiations

The Latin America New Zealand Business Council (LANZBC) will be of interest to businesses and individuals interested in learning more about doing business with Latin America.

Aid

The New Zealand Aid Programme has worked with Latin America since the 1970s. Our priority there is agricultural development.

Read more about the New Zealand Aid Programme in Latin America

Embassies and consular services for Americas

Location Service areas
New Zealand Consulate-General, Honolulu, Hawaii Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Palau, United States of America
New Zealand Consulate-General, Los Angeles, California United States of America
New Zealand Embassy to Argentina Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay
New Zealand Embassy to Brazil Brazil
New Zealand Embassy to Chile Bolivia, Chile, Peru
New Zealand Embassy to Colombia Colombia, Ecuador
New Zealand Embassy to Mexico Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Venezuela
New Zealand Embassy to the United States of America United States of America
New Zealand High Commission Canada
New Zealand High Commission to Barbados Belize, Dominica, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Barbados, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago
Permanent Mission to the United Nations, New York

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