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Our relationship with Romania

New Zealand established full diplomatic relations with Romania in 1974, however the relationship has developed considerably since Romania joined the European Union in 2007.

New Zealand granted visa-free status to Romanian visitors for visits of up to three months in 2007, which has seen an increase in people-to-people flows.

A large number of New Zealand families adopted Romanian orphans during the 1990s. In 1946 there were fewer than 50 Romanians living in New Zealand. By 2014, there were over 2,300 Romanian-born residents living here (largely in Auckland).

Trade

2014 statistics

Total trade in goods 

$24.5 million

 

Exports to Romania

$10.6 million

Top exports: Raw Hides and Skin; Aluminium; Electrical Machinery

Imports from Romania

$13.9million

Top imports: Machinery And Mechanical Appliances; Medical Or Surgical Instruments

GDP

US$199 billion

 

Embassies

Recent official visits

New Zealand to Romania

  • Prime Minister Helen Clark visited April 2007 to attend a NATO Summit.

Romania to New Zealand

  • State Secretary of Foreign Affairs Cristian Niculescu visited in October 2001.

News & Events

Battle of Messines Centenary

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France
United Kingdom

The New Zealand National Commemoration for the centenary of the Battle of Messines will take place on 7 June 2017.