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Our relationship with Italy
New Zealand is remembered in many Italian provinces for our role in the liberation of Italy in World War II. Today we have strong trade links, healthy sporting rivalries, and growing cultural links through the Venice Biennale and Venice Architectural Biennale. We have a popular reciprocal working holiday scheme, a double taxation agreement, and an air services agreement. About 3,000 Italians call New Zealand home.
We share similar views on a range of global issues including whaling, climate change, human rights, peacekeeping and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. We also work closely together at a regional level in Antarctica and the Pacific.
New Zealand and Italy are both party to the Antarctic Treaty, and cooperation in Antarctica is a significant feature of our relationship. We also cooperate under a 1987 treaty in Antarctic research exploration. Italy uses Christchurch as a base for its Antarctic programme.
Both Italy and New Zealand are working in the Ross Sea region, and we value Italy’s support for the joint New Zealand – United States Ross Sea Region Marine Protected Area.
Science and innovation
We work together as part of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases. This work focusses on technologies and practices to grow more food and more climate-resilient food systems without growing greenhouse gas emissions.
Information on New Zealand's Working Holiday Scheme with Italy(external link) is available on the Immigration New Zealand website.
Other Bilateral Agreements
Other bilateral agreements between our countries include an Air Services Agreement, Bilateral Visa Waiver Agreement, Double Tax Agreement and a Film Cooperation Agreement. These can be found on New Zealand Treaties Online(external link).
Information on New Zealand’s trade relationship with Italy is available on the New Zealand Trade Dashboard(external link).
As Italy is a European Union member state, the EU-NZ FTA will apply to trade between Italy and New Zealand following ratification and entry into force.
- New Zealand is represented in Italy by the New Zealand Embassy, Rome
- New Zealand is represented by a Consulate-General in Milan
- Italy is represented in New Zealand by the Embassy of Italy, Wellington
- Italy has consular services in Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin
Recent official visits
New Zealand to Italy
- October 2022: Minister for COVID-19 Response, Minister for RSI and Minister Seniors, Ayesha Verrall for the Global Mental Health Summit
- May 2022: Speaker of the House of Representatives Trevor Mallard with a parliamentary delegation
- October 2021: Minister of Agriculture and Minister for Trade and Export Growth, Damien O’Connor
- June/July 2019: Minister of Agriculture and Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth, Damien O’Connor
- May 2019: Minister of Defence Ron Mark for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Cassino Commemorations
- September 2018: Minister of Agriculture and Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth, Damien O’Connor
- February 2018: Minister of Defence Ron Mark
- May 2017: Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy
Italy to New Zealand
- June 2012: Inter-Parliamentary Union Italy-New Zealand Friendship Group, led by Hon Emerenzio Barbieri
- July 2009: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Stefania Craxi
- April 2009: Deputy Minister in Charge of International Trade Adolfo Urso