Mexico–New Zealand relations

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Mexico-New Zealand relations
Map indicating locations of Mexico and New Zealand


New Zealand

Mexico–New Zealand relations refers to the diplomatic relations between Mexico and New Zealand. Mexico has an embassy in Wellington.[1] New Zealand has an embassy in Mexico City.[2]


New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on an official visit to Mexico with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in 2013

Diplomatic relations between the two Pacific nations were established on 19 July 1973. New Zealand opened an embassy in Mexico City in 1983. For Mexico's part, it at first conducted diplomatic relations with New Zealand from its embassy in Canberra, Australia. In December 1991, Mexico opened an embassy in Wellington.[3]

In March 2008 a Working holiday visa between the two nations was established.[4]

Both nations are members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the United Nations.

State visits[edit]

In September 1992, Prime Minister Jim Bolger became the first New Zealand head of state to pay an official visit to Mexico. In June 1999, Prime Minister Jenny Shipley also paid an official visit to Mexico. The visit was reciprocated by President Ernesto Zedillo in September 1999 when attending the APEC summit in New Zealand, and thus becoming the first Mexican head of state to visit New Zealand.[5]

In 2002, Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark paid an official visit to Mexico. In 2007, President Felipe Calderón reciprocated the visit to New Zealand.[6] In 2013, Prime Minister John Key paid an official visit to Mexico visiting President Enrique Peña Nieto and becoming the first foreign leader to visit President Peña Nieto.[7]


Mexico is New Zealand's biggest trading partner in Latin-America (and 24th overall) and is an important market for New Zealand milk based products.[8] Two way trade between both nations amounted to $452 million USD (2012).[9] New Zealand's exports to Mexico include: dairy products, meat and agricultural machinery. Mexico's exports to New Zealand are mainly manufactured and industrial products. New Zealand is Mexico's 49th biggest trading partner.[10]


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