New Zealand

Israel/New Zealand Relations

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    The strength of the relationship between Israel and New Zealand is a testament to our long standing friendship. The partnership between Israel and the New Zealand is multifaceted, we share values, economic partnership, strategic cooperation, humanitarian assistance, and cultural ties.
    New Zealand has a long history of support for Israel, voting in favour of the 1947 UN partition resolution, which led to the creation of the State of Israel. New Zealand officially recognised the State of Israel in January 1949. Ever since that time, it has shown a commitment to its peaceful existence.
    New Zealand has an honorary consulate in Tel Aviv and Israel has an Embassy here in Wellington with an honorary consulate in Auckland. Our Israeli Embassy in Wellington closed in October 2002 due to financial reasons, but reopened in 2010 with Shemi Tzur as the Ambassador to New Zealand. Then in June 2013 Ambassador Yosef Livne was appointed to represtent Israel in New Zealand.
    Economic ties between the two countries continue to develop with technology helping to bridge the significant geographical distance. Although traditional exporting and importing exist between the two countries the greatest opportunities to foster economic ties are in collaborative efforts and joint ventures including areas of hi-tech, innovation agriculture and medical technology. For example, A New Zealand company provides the hardware and an Israeli company provides the software and management of the largest farm in Vietnam. The Embassy aims to do assist in any way possible to continue developing this special relationship between the two countries.
    Cultural exchange has developed quickly in the past few years. New Zealanders are able to vistit Israel. New Zealand citizens traveling to Israel as tourists (for up to 3 months) do not require a visa, the same applies for Israeli citizens traveling to New Zealand. In April 2011, Israel and New Zealand signed a the working holiday scheme, a reciprocal deal that allows New Zealanders aged 18-30 to work in Israel for a year (and visa-versa). These working holiday visas are particuarly popular with only 200 hundred being issued a year. The deal was signed by then Speaker of the Knesset, Reuven Rivlin (current President of Israel) and his New Zealand counterpart Hon Lockwood Smith, during Reuven Rivlins visit to New Zealand.