Our relationship with Lithuania

New Zealand has a friendly relationship with Lithuania. There is a small Lithuanian community centred in Auckland. 

As small states, our two countries share similar interests, and work well together at the multilateral level.  We have a common approach across a range of international issues, and we cooperate closely in multilateral fora. New Zealand and Lithuania were non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council  in 2015. New Zealand also values Lithuania’s role as a member of the European Union, NATO and the OECS.

Building on these political ties, New Zealand and Lithuania established a Working Holiday Scheme, which allows 100 young people annually to holiday, work and study in each other’s countries for up to a year. This agreement strengthens the people-to-people ties between our two countries.


Year ending March 2019 statistics

Total trade

NZ$70 million


Exports to Lithuania

NZ$18 million 

Top exports: Wool and frozen fish

Imports from Lithuania

NZ$51 million

Top imports: Fertilizers, inorganic chemicals, clothing and apparel

GDP per capita



Working Holiday Scheme

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

To apply you will need to present in person either at:

 For further information contact amb.jp@urm.lt


Recent official visits

New Zealand to Lithuania

  • Hon Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries, March 2017
  • Hon Murray McCully, Minister of Foreign Affairs, June 2016

Lithuania to New Zealand

  • Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Darius Skusevičius, February 2018 
  • Foreign Minister, Linas Linkevičius. March 2015
  • President Valdas Adamkus, February 2006

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