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Embassies and consular services for Philippines

Location Service areas
Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines
New Zealand Embassy Philippines


2021 statistics

Total trade in goods 

$819.17 million


Goods exports to the Philippines

$627.08 million 

Top exports: Dairy products, wood products, meat

Goods imports from the Philippines

$147.09 million

Top imports: electronic machinery, fruits and nuts, machinery


US$382.9 billion

GDP per capita (PPP) US$3,476  
GDP growth  5.6%  

The Philippines was New Zealand's 21st largest export destination in 2021, with total goods and services exports totalling NZ$750.75 million. Two-way trade in goods and services is worth around NZ$952.72 million.

Free trade agreements with the Philippines

We have a regional free trade agreement with the Philippines:

Working Holiday Scheme

A working holiday scheme between our two countries began in 2014 which allows 100 young New Zealanders and 100 young Filipinos to work and travel in each other’s countries each year. New Zealanders aged between 18 and 30 can apply for a 12-month working holiday visa for the Philippines.

The scheme was suspended due to COVID-19 border settings and reopened on the 31st of March 2022.


The New Zealand Aid Programme in the Philippines is guided by our relationship with ASEAN. Our aid programme in ASEAN countries is about using New Zealand’s expertise in agriculture, knowledge and skills, and disaster risk management to support sustainable economic development.

Find out more about our aid programme with ASEAN


Official visits

New Zealand to the Philippines

  • October 2022: Minister for Pacific Peoples and Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs Aupito William Sio visited the Philippines to attend the Asia Development Bank Annual Meetings and then again later in the month for the World Health Organisation meetings.
  • April 2022: Minister of Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor had a call with Philippines Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez.
  • August 2021: Minister of Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta had an introductory call with Philippines Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin.
  • November 2017: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Foreign Minister Winston Peters attended the East Asia Summit and related meetings in Manila.
  • August 2017: Minister of Foreign Affairs Gerry Brownlee visited Manila for the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers Meeting.
  • November 2015: Prime Minister John Key visited for the APEC Leaders’ Meeting.

The Philippines to New Zealand

  • May 2017: Secretary of Cabinet, Leoncio Evasco, visited New Zealand as an ASEAN Prime Minister’s Fellow, meeting Prime Minister Bill English and Minister of Foreign Affairs Gerry Brownlee.
  • October 2012: President Benigno S Aquino visted New Zealand accompanied by six Cabinet Secretaries.


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