India–New Zealand relations

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Prime Ministers John Key and Narendra Modi meeting in Washington DC, March 2016.

India–New Zealand relations refer to the interaction between India and New Zealand. Both these countries were once part of the British Empire. There are approximately 175,000 people of Indian descent in New Zealand.[1][2]

Bilateral relations were established between India and New Zealand in 1952.[3]

India–New Zealand relations were cordial but not extensive after Indian independence. More recently, New Zealand has shown interest in extending ties with India due to India's impressive GDP growth.

The countries set up a Joint Trade Committee in 1983 and have had discussions on a free trade agreement either bilaterally or through the East Asian Summit, but this has not emerged due to disagreements over agricultural subsidies. There is also some educational cooperation, with around 23,000 Indian students studying in New Zealand.[4]

Defence cooperation has been more limited, but there have been joint naval exercises, and Indian and New Zealand troops have served together in United Nations peacekeeping missions in Kosovo and Sudan.

Pranab Mukherjee became the first Indian President to visit New Zealand in August 2016.[5]

New Zealand India Research Institute[edit]

The New Zealand India Research Institute is a result of the increasing co-operation. Based at Victoria University in Wellington it will involve nearly 40 academics in five New Zealand universities – Victoria, Auckland, Massey, Canterbury and Otago - in research on India and NZ-India relations. The inaugural meeting of the India-New Zealand Education Council took place in 2012 when the Institute was established.[6]

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  1. ^ "Indians in New Zealand form fastest growing ethnic group". NRI Online. 15 May 2007. Archived from the original on 12 October 2007. 
  2. ^ "Indian overseas Population - Indians in New Zealand". NRI Online. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bilateral Relations »". Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  4. ^ "India-New Zealand Relations". Indian High Commission, New Zealand. January 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Media Statement by the President of India upon the conclusion of his state visit to Papua New Guinea and New Zealand en route from Auckland to New Delhi". Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  6. ^ Joyce, Steven (19 October 2012). "NZ-India Research Institute welcomed". NZ Government. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 

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