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Our relationship with Indonesia

New Zealand enjoys a strong relationship with Indonesia. As Pacific neighbours, with complementary economies, we are natural partners.

In 2023 we will celebrate sixty-five years of diplomatic relations. The visit by President Joko Widodo to New Zealand in March 2018 was the first by an Indonesian President to New Zealand since 2005. During the visit, leaders announced the elevation of the bilateral relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership, reflecting the increasing value of the relationship.

Read the Joint Statement(external link) released by the Ministers after the meeting.

At the meeting, Ministers adopted a five-year Plan of Action to drive cooperation under Comprehensive Partnership. The next meeting is scheduled for this year.

The main forum for discussions between New Zealand and Indonesia is the annual Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) led by foreign ministers. These meetings review progress on our relationship and set new goals. We also work with Indonesia through APEC, Pacific Islands Forum, East Asia Summit and other regional and international forums.

Indonesia is an important partner for New Zealand in combatting transnational organised crime, including terrorism, people smuggling, and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. 

Defence and security 

We work with the Indonesian defence force through activities such as joint officer training, non-combat training, humanitarian operations and at regional forums.

New Zealand has a formal arrangement with Indonesian police that allows better cooperation between our police forces in combating transnational crime. The Joint Statement is a legally non-binding commitment made by both nations Ministers of Defence reaffirming the importance of the defence relationship and our respective intentions to strengthen these relations in a number of listed areas.


Information about New Zealand's trade with Indonesia is available on the New Zealand Trade Dashboard(external link).

Free trade agreements with Indonesia

We have a regional free trade agreement that include Indonesia:


New Zealand has a long-standing development programme in Indonesia – our largest outside of the Pacific. New Zealand had a Joint Commitment for Development with Indonesia (2017-2022), which aimed to deliver development results and meet priority needs in agreed areas such as renewable energy, agriculture, disaster risk management and knowledge and skills. This has recently been extended until December 31, 2024. We also support Indonesia through a number of regional initiatives that make up part of the ASEAN programme.

Find out more about our Aid Partnership with Indonesia.(external link)



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