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Our relationship with Mexico

In 2013 New Zealand and Mexico commemorated the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations and the 30th anniversary of the opening of the New Zealand Embassy in Mexico City. In recent years our relationship has broadened from a focus on trade and cooperation within international forums to include a wide range of business, research, political, cultural and people-to-people links - including the introduction of a working holiday scheme in 2008, and student and staff exchanges between our universities and polytechnics. 

New Zealand and Mexico are close friends in the multilateral arena, and we cooperate closely in a number of areas, including disarmament, human rights and environmental issues - particularly climate change, whale conservation and fossil fuel subsidy reform. We also share a keen interest in Asia-Pacific regional developments.

Trade

2016 statistics

Total trade in goods 

$736.4 million

 

Exports to Mexico

$467 million 

Top exports: casein, butter and dairy spreads, milk powder and meat

Imports from Mexico

$269.3 million

Top imports: electric machinery and parts, medical devices, beverages and spirits

New Zealand and Mexico have largely complementary economies, with New Zealand’s strength being in agriculture and Mexico’s in manufacturing. Agriculture is an area with great potential for growth in trade and investment/technology transfer, particularly as Mexico seeks to diversify its trade profile through adding value to its traditional agricultural exports. Agricultural and trade links between Mexico and New Zealand have been strengthened by trade missions in both directions and a number of visits by officials, scientists and technical experts.  

New Zealand and Mexico share a strong commitment to trade liberalisation and regional economic integration.  Mexico is also a signatory to the TPP (external link), and we are working closely together on the developing regional trade architecture in the Asia-Pacific, through both TPP and the Pacific Alliance.

Working Holiday Scheme

New Zealanders aged between 18 and 30 can apply for a 12-month working holiday visa for Mexico. Applications are made through the Mexican Embassy in New Zealand, and an interview in person is required. New Zealanders living in other countries can apply through the nearest Mexican Embassy or Consulate. 

For more information, read the Mexico Embassy website (in Spanish). (external link)

Aid

The New Zealand Embassy in Mexico City operates a Head of Mission Fund to support small scale, community-based development projects. Funding is granted each year to a range of groups in Mexico - in keeping with the New Zealand Aid Programme's objective to support sustainable development in developing countries.

The New Zealand Aid Programme funds scholarships for Latin Americans

Embassies

New Zealand is represented in Mexico by the New Zealand Embassy, Mexico City

Mexico is represented in New Zealand by the Mexican Embassy, Wellington (external link)

Recent official visits

New Zealand to Mexico
  • 2017: Trade Minister Todd McClay visited Mexico in February to meet with his counterpart, Secretary of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo.
  • 2016: Speaker, Rt Hon David Carter MP, led a delegation to Mexico in April 2016, to build links with parliamentarians and foster international cooperation.
  • 2016: Minister Amy Adams visited Cancun, Mexico in June 2016 to speak at a panel on digital economy, to discuss the improvement of networks and services through digital convergence.
  • 2016: Land Information Minister Louise Upston, visited Mexico City  in October 2016, where she gave a keynote speech at the Open Government Partnership Summit and undertook bilateral meetings
  • 2015: Deputy Prime Minister Bill English visited Mexico in October to discuss closer bilateral cooperation and links with Mexico.
  • 2015: Trade Minister Tim Groser visited Playa del Carmen, Mexico in May 2015 to attend the 2015 World Economic Forum (WEF) Latin American meeting.
Mexico to New Zealand
  • 2016: Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Alberto de Icaza González visited to discuss New Zealand and Mexico’s trade and economic links, and our evolving relationship.
  • 2014: Minister of Foreign Affairs José Antonio Meade Kuribreña visited to discuss closer bilateral cooperation and links with New Zealand
  • 2012: Minister of Economy Secretary Bruno Ferrari visited to discuss Mexico’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations
  • 2011: Prime Minister’s Fellow Dr Jaime Zabludovsky, who is an authority on trade policy issues in Mexico, visited to exchange views on trade and economic developments in Mexico as well as New Zealand’s economic reform experience