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Our relationship with Romania

New Zealand established full diplomatic relations with Romania in 1974, however the relationship has developed considerably since Romania joined the European Union in 2007.

New Zealand granted visa-free status to Romanian visitors for visits of up to three months in 2007, which has seen an increase in people-to-people flows.

A large number of New Zealand families adopted Romanian orphans during the 1990s. In 1946 there were fewer than 50 Romanians living in New Zealand. By 2014, there were over 2,300 Romanian-born residents living here (largely in Auckland).


2014 statistics

Total trade in goods 

$24.5 million


Exports to Romania

$10.6 million

Top exports: Raw Hides and Skin; Aluminium; Electrical Machinery

Imports from Romania


Top imports: Machinery And Mechanical Appliances; Medical Or Surgical Instruments


US$199 billion



Recent official visits

New Zealand to Romania

  • Prime Minister Helen Clark visited April 2007 to attend a NATO Summit.

Romania to New Zealand

  • State Secretary of Foreign Affairs Cristian Niculescu visited in October 2001.

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.

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


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.

Europe and UK trade issues

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