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 appointed as the Ambassador to New Zealand. In June 2013 Shemi Tzur returned to Israel and was replaced by current Ambassador to New Zealand Yosef Livne.
    The scope of cooperation between our two countries has always been wide. In 1994 Israel opened a trade office in Auckland and the New Zealand and Israel Trade Association, known as NZITA, was established. Since 2001, Fonterra, New Zealand's largest dairy company, has been involved in a joint venture with the Israeli cooperative Tnuva. Agricultural exports to Israel continue to increase with visitor visa waivers in place to increase business travel and tourism.
    Cultural exchange has developed quickly in the past few years. In April 2011, Israel and New Zealand signed a the working holiday scheme, a reciprocal deal that allows tourists aged 18-30 to work for three months without an additional visa. 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.