Diplomatic relations between Brazil and New Zealand were established in 1964. The relationship was intensified after the opening of the Embassy of Brazil in Wellington (1997) and the inauguration of the Embassy of New Zealand in Brasília (2001). The two countries maintain a mechanism for political consultations, established in 2001, aiming to ensure a constant dialogue on bilateral cooperation initiatives, as well as to facilitate the exchange of views on matters of global interest.
The official visit of Prime Minister John Key to Brazil (2013) signaled the progress in partnerships on sports, tourism, education, agriculture, trade and investments. On the occasion, two agreements were also signed: an Agreement on Air Services, in order to encourage the creation of more direct air connections between the two countries; and an Agreement on Educational Cooperation between CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technologic Development) and a group of universities from New Zealand, in the context of the Science without Borders program.
Mr. Colin Keating, Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of New Zealand, visited Brazil in October 2013, with the purpose of exchanging views on the issues on the Security Council agenda. Ms. Andrea Smith, Undersecretary for Asia and America of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand, visited the country in November 2013, in order to follow up on the dialogue initiated during the visit of their Prime Minister.
Chronology of Bilateral Relations
1964 – Establishment of diplomatic relations between Brazil and New Zealand.
1997 – Opening of the Embassy of Brazil in New Zealand.
2001 – Opening of the Embassy of New Zealand in Brazil.
2001 – Establishment of the Mechanism for Political Consultations
2013 –Special Envoy of the Prime Minister, Colin Keating, visits Brazil in order to exchange views on issues on the UN Security Council agenda.
2013 – Andrea Smith, Undersecretary for Asia and America of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand, visits Brazil.
2014 – 7th Political Consultations Meeting in Brasilia
2015 – Visit to Brazil of the Minister for Economic Development, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Science and Innovation, Regulatory Reform of New Zealand, Steven Joyce