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Embassies and consular services for Ireland

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Embassy of Ireland, Wellington
New Zealand Embassy to Ireland Ireland

Our relationship with Ireland

New Zealand has a friendly, long-standing relationship with Ireland – with deep personal and cultural links. Around one in every six New Zealanders claims Irish descent and St Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated throughout the country each year.

We have close cooperation on foreign policy issues such as climate change, disarmament and human rights.

Ireland is a partner in the Small Advanced Economies Initiative established by New Zealand.

Ireland and New Zealand also cooperate across a range of agriculture initiatives. We share very similar grass-fed and pasture-based farming systems, and face similar climate mitigation and adaptation challenges. We work closely in the agriculture and land use negotiation forums in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and in the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on, particularly, livestock issues, and have co-financed a paper on agriculture and climate change with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

There is regular dialogue between New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries and the Irish Department of Agriculture, underpinned by a strategic cooperation agreement and a Joint Research Initiative. We also collaborate closely in the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

New Zealand remains involved with the International Fund for Ireland, an independent international body set up by the British and Irish Governments in 1986 to promote economic and social advancement, and to encourage dialogue and reconciliation between nationalists and unionists throughout Ireland.

Working Holiday Scheme

Information on New Zealand’s Working Holiday Scheme with Ireland(external link) is available on the Immigration New Zealand website.

Other Bilateral Agreements

Other bilateral agreements between our two countries include a Social Security Agreement(external link). This can be found on New Zealand Treaties Online.


Information on New Zealand’s trade relationship with Ireland is available on the New Zealand Trade Dashboard(external link).

As Ireland is a European Union member state, the EU-NZ FTA will apply to trade between Ireland and New Zealand following ratification and entry into force.


Recent official visits

New Zealand to Ireland

  • December 2022: Hon. William Jackson, Minister for Māori Development
  • November 2022: Mel Poulton, Special Agricultural Trade Envoy
  • October 2022: Hon. Jan Tinetti, Minister of Education
  • August 2022: Hon. Poto Williams, Minister for Disability Issues and for Conservation
  • July 2022: Leader of the Opposition, Christopher Luxon
  • June 2022: Then Speaker Rt. Hon. Trevor Mallard, Hon. Judith Collins, Barbara Kuriger, Duncan Webb, Helen White
  • November 2018: Rt. Hon Winston Peters, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade visited Dublin to officially open New Zealand's first resident embassy in Ireland

Ireland to New Zealand

  • February 2023: Minister for Agriculture and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue visited New Zealand for St Patrick’s Day celebrations and to officially open the Embassy of Ireland in Wellington.
  • June 2019: Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys led a Trade and Investment Mission to New Zealand and attended Fieldays
  • October 2017: the Irish President Michael D. Higgins.


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