France and New Zealand traditionally enjoy excellent relations and dialogue has intensified since the visit of the Prime Minister of New Zealand in 2003, which gave renewed impetus to cooperation between the two countries. Prime MinisterJohn Key made an official visit to France on 27 April 2011, during which he held talks with the French President, Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Economy and Finance
The joint statement made in Auckland on 9 September 2011 by the respective Ministers of Foreign Affairs set out the four main areas of cooperation between the two countries: commemoration of the First World War, cultural and language exchanges, combating climate change and strengthening relations between New Zealand and the French Pacific territories.
The French Embassy in New Zealand (http://www.ambafrance-nz.org) serves the 3,500 French nationals living in New Zealand (the total rises to 5,500 including those with dual nationality or resident but not registered with the embassy). New Zealand plays host to some 10,000 French visitors and tourists a year.
Updated on 11.07.13