New Zealand Embassy Rome, Italy

New Zealand and Italy

New Zealand enjoys a warm relationship with Italy, stemming from New Zealand’s role in liberating Italy in the Second World War. Relations are underpinned by political cooperation and growing commercial, cultural and people-to-people links.

The New Zealand Embassy in Rome was established in 1966 but the government to government relationship commenced around 1948 when Italy established a consulate in NZ. There is an Italian Embassy based in Wellington.

As the fourth largest economy in the EU, Italy is a major European trading partner for New Zealand. There is a New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Consulate-General office in Milan.

All aspects of visa and immigration for Italian nationals are directly managed by London through the New Zealand Visa Application Centre operated by TT Services, Immigration New Zealand’s agent, in London.

New Zealand’s defence relationship with Italy is also handled from London.

New Zealand and Italy often share similar views on major international issues. A number of agreements exist between the New Zealand and Italian governments including on:
• Bilateral visa waivers for visits of up to 90 days
• A working holiday scheme for young citizens between 18-30 wanting to visit/work in New Zealand or Italy
• Antarctic cooperation
• Air services
• Culture
• Double taxation
• Co-production of films
• Social security (not yet ratified by Italy)

New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships are available to international students, including from Italy to study in New Zealand. For information, see There are also a number of private education agreements between New Zealand and Italian universities.

Italian statistics note there are 400 New Zealanders resident in Italy. About 3,114 Italians or New Zealanders of Italian origin are resident in New Zealand.

Tourism is a further link between the two countries. Approximately 9,000 Italians and more than 8,000 New Zealanders visit each other’s country every year. Italy has a particularly good image in New Zealand and this is fully reciprocated.

Rugby is becoming increasingly important as a connection between New Zealand and Italy. In Italy, a traditionally soccer loving country, Rugby has been catching on over the last 10 years and many Italians visited New Zealand for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. During the latest test match between the All Blacks and Italy, held in November 2012 the 72,000 seat Rome Olympic Stadium was completely sold out.

In addition to the Rugby World Cup, the hosting of the America’s Cup in Auckland, the filming of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and more recently the Hobbit, has given New Zealand’s profile a boost in Italy.

Maori Culture, the All Blacks and New Zealand’s “clean and green” image are other key Italian perceptions of New Zealand.

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