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. Brazilians are eligible for New Zealand development scholarships (external link).

We value our engagement with Brazil internationally.  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) (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 around 3,000 Brazilians studying in New Zealand each year.

Around 13,200 Brazilians travel to New Zealand each year, making up almost a third 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.

Trade

2016 statistics

Total trade in goods 

$271.6 million

 

Exports to Brazil

$77.7 million 

Top exports: Dairy products and electrical machinery and equipment

Imports from Brazil

$193.9 million

Top imports: Sugar cane and pharmaceuticals

Given the similarity of both countries’ main export items, our economic relationship continues to be dominated by investment, licensing of technologies, and services (including education, tourism, investment advisory services, environmental services and agricultural and land use services).

Embassies

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 attended the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, accompanied by Sports Minister Jonathan Coleman. 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