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Our relationship with Greece
New Zealand and Greece share a warm relationship with a long history based on New Zealand’s participation in the First and Second World Wars, as well as strong people-to-people connections.
In the First World War, the Greek island of Lemnos was both a staging and relief post for the Gallipoli campaign. During the Second World War, more than 7,700 New Zealand troops were part of the allied forces that fought to defend mainland Greece and the island of Crete from occupation in 1941. 1,040 New Zealand soldiers from the Second World War are buried throughout Greece.
Since 1984, Wellington has maintained a sister city relationship with Chania in Crete. This sister city relationship recognises the thriving Greek community that is prominent in Wellington.
There are around 5,000 people of Greek descent in New Zealand.
New Zealand and Greece cooperate in many multilateral fora, particularly the United Nations. New Zealand also values its relationship with Greece as a member state of the European Union.
Other bilateral agreements between our countries include an Air Services Agreement, Bilateral Visa Waiver Agreement, and a Social Security Agreement. These can be found on New Zealand Treaties Online(external link).
Information on New Zealand’s trade relationship with Greece is available on the New Zealand Trade Dashboard(external link).
As Greece is a European Union member state, the EU-NZ FTA will apply to trade between Greece and New Zealand following ratification and entry into force.
- New Zealand is represented in Greece by the New Zealand Embassy in Rome
- New Zealand has consular services in Athens
- Greece is represented in New Zealand by the Embassy of Greece
- Greece has consular services in Wellington
Recent official visits
New Zealand visits to Greece
- May 2016: Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae visited for the 75th anniversary of the Battle for Crete
- September 2013: Prime Minister’s Special Envoy Jim Bolger
Greece visits to New Zealand
- May 2007: Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis
- June 2002: President Constantinos Stephanopoulos