Malaysia–New Zealand relations

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Malaysia–New Zealand relations
Map indicating locations of Malaysia and New Zealand


New Zealand

Malaysia–New Zealand relations refers to foreign relations between Malaysia and New Zealand. Malaysia has a high commission in Wellington, and New Zealand has a high commission in Kuala Lumpur. Both countries are full members of the Commonwealth of Nations and Malaysia is important to New Zealand for strategic, political and economic reasons.[1][2]

Economic relations[edit]

The relations are strong in business links as Malaysia were one of the influential member in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and best known to New Zealanders.[3] In 2012, Malaysia was New Zealand's eighth-largest trading partner with Malaysia's exports comprising petroleum, computer and television equipment and palm oil worth around NZ$1.84 million while New Zealand exports to Malaysia are much higher standing at NZ$888 million consisting of dairy products, meat and scrap metal. A free trade agreement between the two countries was signed into force on 26 October 2009 in Kuala Lumpur. A number[clarification needed] of New Zealand companies have their significant present in Malaysia mainly in food sectors, telecommunications and ICTs as well the New Zealand urging more Malaysian investors to invest in New Zealand.[4] Both countries' leaders were also engaged in frequent visits to boost their relations.[1][2]

Education relations[edit]

Under the Colombo Plan, a large numbers of Malaysian students have further continue their studies in New Zealand.[1][4]



  1. ^ a b c "Bilateral links with New Zealand". Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (New Zealand). 4 December 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Peter Sibon (3 November 2013). "NZ keen to enhance ties with Malaysia – With David Pine". The Borneo Post. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "New Zealand and Malaysia". New Zealand High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Fiona Acheson (12 July 2013). "Malaysia - the ties that bind". New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 

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