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Embassies and consular services for Philippines

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

Trade

2020 statistics

Total trade in goods 

$847 million

 

Goods exports to the Philippines

$729 million 

Top exports: Dairy products, wood products, meat

Goods imports from the Philippines

$117 million

Top imports: electronic machinery, fruits and nuts, paint and dye

GDP

US$362.2 billion

 
GDP per capita (PPP) US$3,330  
GDP growth  -9.5%  

The Philippines was New Zealand's 19th largest export destination in 2020, with total goods and services exports totalling NZ$916 million. Two-way trade in goods and services is worth around NZ$1.15 billion.

Free trade agreements with the Philippines

We have a regional free trade agreement with the Philippines:

NZ Inc ASEAN strategy

As a member of ASEAN, the Philippines is included in the NZ Inc ASEAN strategy. NZ Inc is the Government’s plan to strengthen New Zealand’s economic, political and security relationships with key international partners.

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 others' countries each year.  New Zealanders aged between 18 and 30 can apply for a 12-month working holiday visa for the Philippines.

Due to current New Zealand border settings associated with managing COVID-19, the scheme is currently suspended.

Aid

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

Embassies

Official visits

New Zealand to the Philippines

  • 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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