New Zealand Embassy Mexico City


Mexico City, 4 March 2013

Thank you for this opportunity to speak today, it’s great to be here in Mexico.

Today I’d like to talk a little about what New Zealand has to offer and about innovation in the New Zealand primary sector. I will also talk about our delegation and offer my thoughts on the New Zealand-Mexico relationship.


Statement of Intent between New Zealand and Mexico for the Innovation and Development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

The Government of New Zealand and the Government of the United Mexican States, hereinafter referred to as the “Participants”;

INSPIRED by the desire to strengthen the ties of friendship and cooperation that exist between the two countries;

WISHING to boost the development of their respective societies by fostering the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of their members;




 1. In the context of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Mexico and New Zealand, New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key undertook an Official Visit to Mexico on 4 and 5 March 2013. This was the first Head of Government visit received by President Enrique Pena Nieto since he took office.


Prime Minister John Key was received by Mexico’s President Enrique Peña on the first stop of his official tour of Latin America in the impressive Chapultepec Castle – an historical building located at the top of the Chapultepec Hill, which was a sacred place for the Aztecs as well as one of the only two Royal Castles in the Americas.



Prime Minister John Key says he and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto have committed to strengthening the trade relationship between New Zealand and Mexico, following bilateral talks in Mexico City.

“Mexico and New Zealand have shared a friendly relationship for 40 years. President Peña Nieto and I agreed the trade relationship between our two countries, while healthy, could be strengthened further,” says Mr Key.


Speech to Mexican Council of International Affairs and the Mexican Business Council for Foreign Trade, Investment and Technology

Mexico City, 5 March 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s a pleasure to be here in Mexico. I’ve been here once before and have wanted to come back for some time, so it’s great to be here in this vibrant and energetic city.

I’m looking forward to my first meeting with President Peña Nieto later today.


Prime Minister John Key will lead a trade delegation to Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Brazil next week as part of the Government’s increased focus on strengthening bilateral relations, and capitalising on trade opportunities, with the Latin America nations.


New Zealanders travelling to the U.S.A for business or pleasure may be eligible for visa-free travel under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) if certain conditions are met.


The receiving office for New Zealand visa applications from Cuban Nationals has changed. Applications can no longer be lodged with the New Zealand High Commission in Ottawa, and instead need to be sent to the New Zealand Visa Application Centre (VAC) in London for processing from 10 December 2012.

The London VAC facilitation fee is £24.00 per application.


 From New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, may you have Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year.

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