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Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
New Zealand Embassy to Germany Czechia, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland

Our relationship with Germany

Germany and New Zealand enjoy a healthy and supportive relationship based on common interests and values, making us natural like-minded values partners in international affairs, trade and commerce, science and cultural exchange. MFAT is committed to developing a deeper strategic relationship with Germany.

Both countries have fostered these links through numerous high level visits in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Adern visited Berlin in April 2018, and met with Federal Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel where they discussed our ‘truly excellent relationship’. German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier previously paid a state visit to New Zealand in 2017 – the first visit by a Federal President since 2001. Chancellor Merkel visited New Zealand in 2014. Various New Zealand Ministers representing different portfolios as well as senior officials also visit Germany from time to time, or meet their counterparts virtually. Our two parliaments enjoy warm relations, and the German Bundestag recently opened its International Parliamentary Scholarship(external link) Programme to New Zealand applicants.  

Germany’s pivotal role in the European Union and increasing global influence mean that its influence over decisions affecting New Zealand's interests, including our trade and economic objectives, is significant and growing. It has proved generally supportive of New Zealand in these matters, including our ambitions for a free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU).

Trade

Year ending September 2020 statistics

Total trade

NZ$5.1 billion

 

Exports to Germany

NZ$1.6 billion

Top exports: travel services, meat, optical and medical equipment, dairy.

Imports from Germany

NZ$3.5 billion

Top imports: machinery, transport services, motor vehicles, pharmaceuticals.

GDP per capita

EUR3,329 billion

 

Germany is a key trading partner for New Zealand. Representing NZ$5 billion in two-way goods and services trade (2020), it is our largest EU trading partner, and one of our largest globally. Goods trade is skewed in Germany’s favour due to the prominence of high-value machinery and vehicle imports, whereas our services trade is more balanced.

Here (external link)(external link) is the website address for German-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce. 

Science and technology

Germany has long been one of New Zealand’s most important partners in the area of science and innovation, with 2017 marking the 40th anniversary of the Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreement.

Current examples of successful New Zealand-German science and research initiatives include:

  • the University of Auckland’s Bioengineering Institute (ABI)’s world-leading work with the University of Stuttgart and the University of Freiburg on the 12 Laboursproject, which will produce a digital realisation of the inter-functionality of the human body’s organ systems.
  • The ABI’s joint doctoral programme on soft-tissue robotics with the University of Stuttgart;
  • A joint Green Hydrogen research programme co-funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
  • MBIE and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR)’s cooperation on space research, including funding of joint research.
  • The work of Dr Regina Eisert, MBIE’s Science and Innovation Coordinator for Germany, to establish and strengthen bilateral collaboration in a wide range of mutually beneficial research fields.

Cultural links

There are strong cultural links between New Zealand and Germany, with Berlin a favoured destination for New Zealand artists. New Zealand’s high profile participation as featured Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2012 was a particular highlight. New Zealand has an artist/writer-in-residency programme in Berlin and the Military History Museum in Dresden engaged New Zealand artist Kingsley Baird to create an installation in July 2014 as part of its World War I commemorations. In 2015, a major exhibition of the works (Māori portraits) of Gottfried Lindauer was displayed at the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin, attracting a near record 150,000 visitors. German-Kiwi artist Helme Heine’s exhibition “Spiegelbilder – Reflections” was shown at the Museum der Fünf Kontinente in Munich from October 2018 until April 2019. Most recently, from February until October 2020, a major exhibition in Hamburg featured Lisa Reihana’s panorama Pursuit of Venus.

Working Holiday Scheme

New Zealanders aged between 18 and 30 can apply for a 12-month working holiday visa for Germany.

To apply, you can contact the German Embassy in Wellington. You can also apply at a local immigration office in Germany within 90 days of arrival.

For more information, go to the German Embassy in Wellington website (external link)(external link).

Embassies

Recent official visits

New Zealand to Germany

  • February 2020: Hon Andrew Little, Minister of Justice
  • December 2019: Fletcher Tabuteau, Parliamentary Under-Secretary
  • October 2019: Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth/Environment
  • April 2019: Hon Megan Woods, Minister of Energy, Resources and Digital Services
  • January 2019: Rt Hon Trevor Mallard, Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives
  • September 2018: Hon Damien O'Connor, Minister of Agriculture
  • June 2018: Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth/Environment
  • May 2018: Hon Julie Anne Genter, Associate Minister of Transport
  • April 2018: Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister
  • January 2018: Hon Damien O'Connor, Minister of Agriculture
  • May 2017: Hon Simon Bridges, Minister of Transport
  • April 2017: Hon Chris Finlayson, Attorney-General
  • January 2017: Rt Hon Bill English, Prime Minister
  • May 2016: Hon Bill English, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

Germany to New Zealand

  • February 2020: Wolfgang Kubicki, Vice-President of the Bundestag
  • October 2019: Thomas Oppermann, Vice-President of the Bundestag
  • April 2029: Mark Hauptmann MP, Prime Minister's Fellow
  • March 2019: Delegation of the German Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with the Pacific led by Volkmar Klein MP
  • November 2017: German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier
  • October 2016: Professor Dr Norbert Lammert, the President of the German Bundestag
  • November 2014: Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Germany, Dr Angela Merkel

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