Estonia and New Zealand

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Bilateral relations

(last updated: 01.08.2013)

Relations between Estonia and New Zealand have not been very close, primarily due to the distance separating the countries. Nevertheless, relations have been friendly and good.

New Zealand recognised Estonia when it joined the League of Nations on 22 September 1921 (New Zealand joined that organisation as a founding member in 1919 together with other British dominions, such as Australia, Canada, the Union of South Africa, and India, which had the status of being a British colony).

New Zealand re-recognised Estonia on 28 August 1991 and diplomatic relations were established between the two countries on 6 January 1992.

Estonia's Ambassador to New ZealandAndres Unga presented his credentials to . As of 2007 Estonia’s honorary consul in New Zealand has been Tõnu Loorpärg.

Since June 2011, New Zealand has been represented in Estonia by Ambassador Peter Howard Rider. The ambassador resides in Berlin.


to Estonia  
April 2010 Foreign Minister Murray McCully
September 2006 Foreign Minister Winston Peters
April 2004 Speaker of the Parliament of New Zealand Jonathan Hunt
September 2004 Foreign Minister Philip Goff
to New Zealand  
April 2009  Foreign Minister Urmas Paet


The first and currently only bilateral agreement between Estonia and New Zealand is an intergovernmental agreement on the right to work in the field of tourism, which came into effect on 5 November 2007.

Economic relations

Total Trade between Estonia and New Zealand 2005-2012

  Export Import
2005 142 797 1 664 760
2006 172 882 1 713 211
2007 140 117 1 125 548
2008 516 197 605 961
2009 1 191 835 1 132 181
2010 1 191 835 1 132 181
2011 384 459 1 359 461
2012 477 545 1 975 175

The main articles of export in 2012 were: paper pulp; toys and sports equipment; floating structures; optical- and measurement devices; wooden products.

The main articles of import in 2012 were: wool; fish and seafood; machinery and equipment.

Source: Statistical Office of Estonia

Estonians in New Zealand

The first large group of Estonians (116 people) came to New Zealand in June 1949. As they had arrived in the country with the assistance of the Government of New Zealand, the obligation of working for 2 years was applied to every newcomer. Men were for the most part sent to factories and women performed sewing or cleaning jobs. The major Estonian centres are in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. In 2006 there were 105 Estonian-born people living in New Zealand and about 1 400 individuals with Estonian roots.