Our relationship with Malta

New Zealand and Malta have a long-standing and warm relationship, grounded in our Commonwealth histories.  New Zealand also values its relationship with Malta as a member state of the European Union.

As small Commonwealth states, New Zealand and Malta regularly exchange views at International meetings, including the Asia-Europe Meeting and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

In recent years, the relationship has been strengthened by a number of Ministerial visits. The Minister of Foreign Affairs visited Malta in 2013, as did the Minister of Social Development.  This led to new bilateral initiatives such as the conclusion of a Social Security Agreement.


2014 statistics

Total trade in goods 

$12.1 million


Exports to Malta

$7.7 million

Top exports: Meat, pharmeceuticals, edible fruit and nuts

Imports from Malta

$4 million

Top imports: Pharmeceuticals

Working Holiday Scheme

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Recent official visits

New Zealand to Malta

  • Prime Minister John Key attended the CHOGM meeting in November 2015

  • Foreign Minister Murray McCully, April 2013

  • Social Development Minister Paula Bennett, July 2013

Malta to New Zealand

  • Deputy Prime Minister Tonio Borg, March 2007

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