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 the United Nations Security Council where both New Zealand and Lithuania were non-permanent members in 2015. New Zealand also values Lithuania’s role as a member of the European Union and NATO.

Building on these political ties, New Zealand and Lithuania have recently 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.

Trade

2017 statistics

Total trade in goods 

NZ$55.4 million

 

Exports to Lithuania

NZ$18 million 

Top exports: Wool and frozen fish

Imports from Lithuania

NZ$37.4 million

Top imports: Fertilizers, inorganic chemicals, clothing and apparel

GDP

US$46.3 billion

 

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

Embassies

Recent official visits

New Zealand to Lithuania

  • March 2017: Hon Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries
  • June 2016: Hon Murray McCully, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • September 2004: Hon Phil Goff, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Lithuania to New Zealand

  • March 2015: Foreign Minister, Linas Linkevičius.
  • February 2006: President Valdas Adamkus

News & Events

Anzac Day Commemoration Service 25 April 2019

Estonia
Georgia
Poland
Ukraine

New Zealanders in Poland, Estonia, Georgia and Ukraine are welcome to participate in 2019 Anzac commemoration services with the New Zealand, Australian and British communities.

8-metre-tall carved Māori monument to be unveiled in Zonnebeke

Europe
Belgium

A new memorial honouring the role of New Zealand Māori and other service people in the First World War will be unveiled in the Passchendaele Memorial Park, next to the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, Zonnebeke on Anzac Day, 25 April 2019.

New Zealand Speaker visits Germany

Europe
Germany

Rt Hon Trevor Mallard, Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives, visited Berlin and Munich for a two day bilateral visit on 14-15 January 2019.