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Embassies and consular services for Timor-Leste

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Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
New Zealand Embassy Timor-Leste

Our relationship with Timor-Leste

New Zealand has had a warm relationship with Timor-Leste since its independence in 2002.

Our relationship includes a programme of development assistance and emerging two-way trade and economic links. We encourage New Zealand businesses to pursue opportunities in Timor-Leste, and support Timor-Leste to identify and develop economically sustainable industries in sectors where it has competitive advantage. Timor-Leste is increasing its own engagement in New Zealand and opened an embassy in Wellington in 2014.

Timor-Leste is a respected voice for post-conflict states in the multilateral arena. Timor-Leste is in the process of becoming a member of ASEAN.

For more information on ASEAN.

Defence and security

Following the 1999 referendum that led to the restoration of Timor-Leste independence, New Zealand Defence and Police personnel were deployed to Timor-Leste in significant numbers. 

Two New Zealand Defence Force personnel are deployed with the Falintil-Forças de Defesa de Timor-leste (F-FDTL, Timor-Leste Defence Force) providing strategic and logistics advice to the Timorese military. New Zealand also provides support for community policing in Timor-Leste.


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


New Zealand is committed to supporting Timor-Leste’s growth into a stable, democratic and prosperous nation. New Zealand’s development assistance focuses on education (early childhood education and scholarships and training), private sector development, and security and justice. 

Our bilateral development programme with Timor-Leste is our second largest outside of the Pacific. Recently, we have also provided significant humanitarian response funding for the catastrophic floods of 4 April 2021, as well as in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The New Zealand Aid Programme works with Timor-Leste to support the development of a sustainable and growing economy. 

Find out more about our Aid Partnership with Timor-Leste.(external link)



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