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Negara Brunei Darussalam


New Zealand has a friendly and positive relationship with Brunei Darussalam.  New Zealand and Brunei enjoy cooperation in many areas such as education, trade and defence.

Brunei and New Zealand enjoy excellent relations in a regional context.  Much of the past contact between New Zealand and Brunei has been in the context of Brunei's membership of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).  Brunei is the chair of ASEAN this year.

Brunei and New Zealand also work together in the East Asia Summit (EAS),  APEC, the Commonwealth and the United Nations. Brunei is also a member of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC).


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Bilateral links

Trade and economic relationship

Two-way trade between New Zealand and Brunei is moderate, with trade totalling NZ$1.2 billion for the year ending December 2012. New Zealand's exports to Brunei were around NZ$5.8 million in the year ending December 2012. Main exports continue to be dairy products, valued at about NZ$2.5 million. The official trade figures, however, do not reflect considerable quantities of New Zealand products shipped to Brunei from traders based in Singapore and Malaysia. The level of Brunei investment in New Zealand is not well recorded, partly because much of it enters indirectly via Singapore institutions.

New Zealand Trade (year ended Dec 2012)


NZ’s 126th largest trading partner

NZ Exports

NZ$5.8 million (FOB)

Main exports

Dairy (including butter, fresh milk, cheese) $2.5m;  apples and frozen fish

NZ Imports

NZ$1.1 billion (CIF)

Main imports

Crude oil ($1.1 billion); Non-petroleum ($108,300)

New Zealand's imports from Brunei are nearly exclusively crude oil, the volume of which fluctuates widely from year to year. Crude oil imports in the year ending December 2012 reached a high of NZ$1.1 Billion in 2012. Non-petroleum imports to December 2012 amounted to NZ$108,000.

Air Services

New Zealand and Brunei signed a liberal Air Services Agreement in March 1999 replacing a 1995 Agreement.  Brunei and New Zealand are partners in a multilateral “open skies” agreement, the Multilateral Agreement on the Liberalization of International Air Transportation, which was signed in Washington in 2001.

Brunei nationals visiting New Zealand for periods of up to three months do not require a visa.  In 1999 Brunei extended its visa waiver for New Zealand citizens visiting Brunei from 14 days to 30 days.

People-to-people links

There are more than 150 New Zealanders living in Brunei.  Many are employed as teachers in Brunei schools and colleges.  There are also a number of New Zealand pilots and engineers working for Royal Brunei Airlines.   Other New Zealanders work in Brunei’s oil and gas sector and as professional consultants.


There are about 100 Brunei students in New Zealand universities, currently. Otago University has a Memorandum of Understanding with Brunei under which it takes a small number of medical and dental students.  Lincoln University also has links with Brunei.  Brunei regularly recruits New Zealand teachers. 


Political and cultural links

Brunei is an Islamic Sultanate. The Sultan has ruled by emergency decree since 1962. His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah is the Head of State with full executive authority, including emergency powers which have been renewed every two years, since 1962. The Sultan is also the Prime Minister, Defence Minister, Finance Minister, and Head of Religion.


New Zealand has a small, but significant, defence relationship with Brunei. Military exercises, training assistance and annual discussions under the Mutual Assistance Programme have helped to develop a relationship of substance and value for both countries. New Zealand's army officer cadet school trains regularly in Brunei's jungle training areas and Massey University offers a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Defence and Strategic Studies) to the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.

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Regional and multilateral links

Brunei participates in regional and multilateral forums such as the UN, APEC, ASEAN, ASEAN Regional Forum, East Asia Summit (EAS), and the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC).   Brunei is the chair of ASEAN this year.  Brunei was a founding partner of the Trans Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership (better known as P4) with Chile, New Zealand and Singapore. The P4 Agreement is a key aspect of New Zealand’s relations with Brunei.  Brunei and New Zealand are partners in the Agreement establishing the Australia-New Zealand-ASEAN Free Trade Area, which entered into force (for both Brunei and New Zealand) on 1 January 2010. Negotiations for an expanded P4 Agreement – the Trans-Pacific Partnership - began in March 2010.  Brunei and New Zealand are also participants in negotiations for a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership involving all 16 East Asia Summit members.  

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High-level visits from and to Brunei Darussalam, have cemented the bilateral relationship

Recent visits to Brunei Darussalam include:

Recent visits from Brunei Darussalam include:


The New Zealand High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is accredited to Brunei.

The New Zealand High Commission

21st Floor, Menara IMC
8 Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur

Phone: (+60 3) 2078 2533
Fax: (+60 3) 2078 0387
Email: nzhckl@po.jaring.my
Website: www.nzembassy.com/malaysia [external link].
Office hours: Mon-Thurs: 0830-1630, Fri 0830-1600

The New Zealand Defence Advisor and the New Zealand Trade Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur are also formally accredited to Brunei. New Zealand has an Honorary Consul in Brunei, based in Bandar Seri Begawan.

Brunei has a non-resident High Commissioner to New Zealand, based in Brunei.

The Brunei Darussalam High Commission

c/- Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Jalan Subok, BD 2710
Bandar Seri Begawan
Brunei Darussalam

Phone: (673 2) 261 177
Fax: (673 2) 262 476
Email: bruneihc.nz@mfa.gov.bn

Office hours: Mon-Thurs: 0745-1630, Saturday: 0745-1630, Office closed Friday and Sunday

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Travel Advice

The Safetravel website provides a travel advisory for travellers to Brunei [external link].


Page last updated: Monday, 09 December 2013 13:00 NZDT