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.


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


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


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

New Zealand Speaker visits 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.