New Zealand–Philippines relations

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

New Zealand


New Zealand–Philippines relations refer to bilateral relations between New Zealand and the Philippines. The Philippines has an embassy in Wellington and 2 other consulates, one in Auckland and in Christchurch and New Zealand has an embassy in Manila.

Military relations[edit]

World War I and II[edit]

Philippine–New Zealand military relations date back to World War I and World War II, where the Philippines and New Zealand both fought for the Allied side.

Cold War[edit]

RNZAF A-4 Skyhawks of No. 75 Squadron in Clark Air Base, Luzon in The Philippines.

The Philippines and New Zealand fought together during the Korean War (1950–1953) under a UN led "Police Action" to counter a North Korean invasion of South Korea.

During the course of the Cold War, The Philippines and New Zealand were both part of Southeast Asia Treaty Organization from 1954 to 1977. The Royal New Zealand Air Force has also conducted exercises in the Philippines.

Economic relations[edit]

Then Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos greets New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon during the latter's state visit to the Philippines.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key meets with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III at the sidelines of the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Manila, 2015

New Zealand Ambassador to the Philippines Andrew Matheson said that their total exports to the Philippines last year amounted to about US$475 million representing a 30% increase from 2009 making the Philippines one of their major export market.[1]

Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario made a two-day official visit to New Zealand upon the invitation of Foreign Minister Murray McCully. The Secretary noted the increasing business activities between the Philippines and New Zealand as more companies in both countries explore and engage in business and investment opportunities in the dairy, information technology, geothermal and other sectors.[2]

State visit[edit]

In October 2012, President Benigno Aquino III made a state visit to New Zealand. He witnessed the signing of three bilateral agreements meant to further strengthen diplomatic relations between Manila and Wellington. The signing followed a bilateral meeting between President Aquino and Prime Minister John Key, both held at the Parliament Building. The accords deal with a reciprocal working holiday scheme, defense cooperation and geothermal energy.[3]

Police assistance[edit]

In 2009, the New Zealand Police was helping the Philippine National Police combat methamphetamine.[4] The New Zealand Police also helps in providing training to the Philippine National Police.[5]


In 2013, there were over 40,000 Filipinos residing in New Zealand.[6]

The 1936 Census found six New Zealand residents born in the Philippines, and the country's intake of Filipino students began to increase in 1960, under the Colombo Plan; however, even as late as 1981, there were only 405 Filipinos in New Zealand. It would take until the 1990s before highly populated regions such as Wellington and Auckland (especially the suburbs of Henderson and Mount Roskill) began to see exponential growth in their respective Filipino communities.[7] The communities themselves are known for their many Philippine-related celebrations, particularly the celebration of Philippine Independence Day every year on the Sunday nearest to 12 June. In April 2008, New Zealand's embassy indicated that they would like to increase the intake of nurses and engineers from the Philippines.[8]


  1. ^ "New Zealand eyes more business partnerships". Inquirer Global Nation. 18 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Philippine-New Zealand Relations take another step forward". DFA. 23 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Philippines, New Zealand ink 3 bilateral pacts". Inquirer Global. 23 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "NZ police take drug fight offshore". Television New Zealand. 5 September 2009. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  5. ^ New Zealand Aid Programme
  6. ^ "Ethnic Group (detailed total responses)", 2013 Census, Statistics New Zealand, 15 April 2014 
  7. ^ Walrond, Karl (21 September 2007), "New Zealand Peoples: Filipinos", Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, ISBN 978-0-478-18451-8, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  8. ^ "New Zealand needs Filipino nurses", GMA News, 7 April 2008, retrieved 2008-04-11 

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