Our relationship with Ukraine

New Zealand and Ukraine have a cordial relationship, with a good range of bilateral contact occurring during accreditation visits from Warsaw and in multilateral forums such as the United Nations. Ukraine joined New Zealand on the Security Council in 2016 as a fellow non-permanent member. We have many converging interests, in areas such as disarmament and peacekeeping. 

Although bilateral trade with Ukraine is currently limited, there is significant potential for developing trade and economic relations, particularly in the areas of agriculture and information technology.

New Zealand has a small Ukrainian community which dates back to 1949, when approximately 170 Ukrainian refugees arrived in New Zealand following the end of World War II. According to the 2013 census, there are 1,350 people born in Ukraine living in New Zealand. There are a small number of Ukrainian community groups in New Zealand, including the Ukrainian Association of New Zealand and the Ukrainian Gromada of Wellington.

 

 

Trade

2015 statistics

Total trade in goods 

$21 million

 

Exports to Ukraine

$8 million

Top exports: Frozen fish; grape wine; butter and dairy products; meat and edible meat.

Imports from Ukraine

$12.8 million

Top imports: Ships, boats and floating structures; animal/vegetable fats, oils; dyes, tannin, and paint.

GDP

$126.07 billion

 

Embassies

Official visits

New Zealand to Ukraine

  • Rt Hon Winston Peters, Minister of Foreign Affairs, April 2006
  • Hon Simon Upton, Minister for the Environment and Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, October 1998.

News & Events

International Women’s Day initiative

Poland

The New Zealand Embassy in Warsaw marked this year’s International Women’s Day with a special contribution to help women in need in Poland.

New Zealand and Ukraine continue active dialogue

European Union
Poland
Ukraine

This February, Ambassador Wendy Hinton made an accreditation visit to Ukraine. Ambassador met with key political figures, diplomatic community and international organisations representatives.