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Our relationship with Singapore

Singapore and New Zealand have a close and collaborative relationship based on shared history and interests. We celebrated the 50th anniversary of our diplomatic relationship in 2015, which also marked the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s independence.

Singapore is an important defence and security partner. The Five Power Defence Arrangement underpins the regular exercising and training between our armed forces and the enduring presence of New Zealand defence personnel in Singapore. During World War II, New Zealand aviators played a significant role in the defence of Singapore. From 1969-89 we had an infantry battalion and air units based in Singapore, and in May 2009 our two countries signed a Defence Cooperation Arrangement further formalising the close defence ties between us. Immediately following the Christchurch earthquake in February 2011, Singapore Air Force troops exercising in the South Island took part in search and rescue efforts.

As the only two advanced small countries in the Asia-Pacific, there is strong economic complementarity between New Zealand and Singapore. Singapore is New Zealand’s 7th largest trading partner and an important source of investment. Many New Zealand businesses operating in South-East and East Asia use Singapore was a base.

There are multiple other strands to the relationship across science and innovation, education and tourism. New Zealand and Singaporean research communities have longstanding links, especially in areas of food and nutrition. Approximately 500 Singaporeans study in New Zealand and many New Zealand students' study in Singaporean universities. Tourism from Singapore is also on the rise – approximately 61,000 Singaporeans visited New Zealand in 2018, and the number is growing at about 6 percent. More than 4,000 New Zealanders live in Singapore.

New Zealand–Singapore Enhanced Partnership

In May 2019, New Zealand and Singapore launched the Enhanced Partnership that will significantly boost collaboration between the two countries in the areas of trade and economic; security and defence; science and innovation; and people-to-people.

Read more about the Enhanced Partnership.


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

Free trade agreements with Singapore

Officials from Singapore and New Zealand have upgraded our bilateral free trade agreement with Singapore, which is due to be signed in 2019:

There are three regional free trade agreements that New Zealand and Singapore are parties to:

We are also negotiating a fourth regional free trade agreement that includes Singapore:



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