Our relationship with Brazil

Brazil and New Zealand enjoy a friendly relationship, assisted by growing people to people links. 

New Zealand is a destination for the growing numbers of many Brazilian visitors and students who travel to New Zealand annually. We also hope to see more New Zealanders visiting, studying and investing in Brazil. Key features of our strengthening trading partnership are captured below.

The Embassy’s work programme focuses on cooperation in priority sectors of education, tourism and agriculture.  Tools the Embassy has available to support the New Zealand – Brazil relationship include the New Zealand Embassy Fund which supports small scale, short-term community based projects which meet bilateral objectives and development needs.  Projects must also align with the New Zealand Aid Programme’s overall mission: Sustainable development in developing countries, in order to reduce poverty and contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world.

Brazilians are eligible for New Zealand development scholarships.  There is also a bilateral working holiday scheme (external link).

We place importance on the values we share and the engagement we have with Brazil, where we are both members of the New Agenda Coalition (NAC), a 6-country grouping focused on nuclear disarmament. As countries that produce large quantities of food, we also have similar interests with respect to agriculture in the WTO and cooperate in the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (external link).

To recognise growing trade, tourism and educational links, New Zealand opened offices for Trade and Enterprise (1996), Education NZ (2008) and Tourism NZ (2013) in São Paulo, and an Honorary Consulate in Rio de Janeiro (2014).

Brazil is New Zealand’s most important education market in Latin America, with more than 3,000 Brazilians studying in New Zealand each year. The majority of these are in their final year of secondary school or at private training establishments to learn English. Tertiary education students are also growing.

Around 13,100 Brazilians travel to New Zealand each year, making up around half of all tourists to New Zealand from Latin America. The New Zealand-Brazil Working Holiday Scheme allows young Brazilians to visit and work in New Zealand for up to 12 months.


2015 statistics

Total trade in goods 

$220,5 million


Exports to Brazil

$75,8 million 

Top exports:Dairy products and medical equipment.

Imports from Brazil

$144,7 million

Top imports: Sugar cane and pharmaceuticals


US$1,772 billion

GDP per capita US$15,526 (NZ GDP per capita is US$43,837)
GDP growth  -3,8%  

Given the similarity of both countries' main export items, trade in goods is not expected to increase significantly in the coming years. Instead the economic relationship is likely to be increasingly dominated by investment, licensing of technologies, and services (including education, tourism, investment advisory services, environmental services and agricultural and land use services). We're already developing significant investments in the Brazilian agricultural sector that involve dairy processing and agritech.   

The Latin America-New Zealand Business Council (external link) can assist with building these links.


Working holiday scheme

New Zealanders aged between 18 and 30 can apply for a 12-month working holiday visa for Brazil.

For more information, please visit the Embassy of Brazil in Wellington website.

Recent official visits

New Zealand to Brazil
  • 2016: The Governor-General of New Zealand Rt Hon Jerry Mateparae came to Rio de Janeiro and attended the Olympic Games. Sports Minister Jonathan Coleman also attended the Olympic Games.  The Minister for Disabilities Nicky Wagner attended the Paralympic Games.
  • 2015: Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce with an education delegation
  • 2013: Prime Minister John Key with a business and education delegation. His visit included an official meeting with Brazil´s President Dilma Rousseff. Agriculture Minister Nathan Guy also met with Brazil´s Minister of Agriculture as part of the prime-ministerial visit.
  • 2011: Speaker of the House Lockwood Smith led a parliamentary delegation to Brazil as part of a visit to Latin America to strengthen parliamentary and economic links with the region. 
  • 2010: Trade Minister Tim Groser led a delegation of New Zealand business leaders to promote further trade and business links between the two countries.
Brazil to New Zealand
  • 2013: Members of the Agriculture Commission of the Lower House, led by Deputy Fernando Giacobo, visited New Zealand. 
  • 2010: Governor of Bahia Jaques Wagner visited New Zealand.
  • 2009: Members of the Brazil-New Zealand Parliamentary Friendship Group, led by Senator Heraclito Fortes and Deputy Vieira da Cunha, visited as part of a New Zealand inter-parliamentary programme to raise awareness and build cooperation among different parliaments around the world
  • 2008: Minister of Foreign Affairs Celso Amorim visited New Zealand