Relations between Turkey and New Zealand

Friendly and positive political relations between Turkey and New Zealand are based on shared fundamental values and the common historical encounter in Çanakkale in 1915.

Commemorations of Çanakkale Land Battles on 24-25 April contribute to friendly ties between the two countries, by providing people to people contacts as well.

The centenary of Çanakkale Land Battles were commemorated in April 2015 in Istanbul and Çanakkale with the participation of a large number of countries and international organizations. On this occasion, Turkey hosted then Prime Minister of New Zealand, Hon. John Key. Then Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae also visited Turkey in August 2015 on the occasion of the centenary commemorations.

In recent years, high-level exchanges between leaders and ministers, as well as other regular contacts have contributed positively to the development of the bilateral ties and cooperation. H.E. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey paid and official visit to New Zealand on 12-14 November 2014. This was the first visit of a Turkish Foreign Minister to New Zealand after an interval of 20 years.

Joint Declarations provides guidance to further develop the bilateral relationship:

Turkey-New Zealand Joint Declaration signed on 22 April 2010 by H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and the Right Honourable John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand. This Joint Declaration is considered a road map on bilateral relations and reflects the political will to enhance cooperation on various areas.

A renewed Turkey-New Zealand Joint Declaration on our bilateral relations was announced on 23 April 2015. This Joint Declaration reiterates once again the existing mutual political will between our countries to strengthen every aspect of our relations.

New Zealand was represented in ministerial level in the 101st and 102nd anniversaries of the Çanakkale Land Battles.

New Zealand constructed three schools for Syrians under temporary protection in Adıyaman, Kahramanmaraş and Midyat.

There are nearly 1700 Turkish citizens living in New Zealand.

Government of New Zealand established a scholarship dedicated to Didem Yaman, the first Turkish PhD student to study international relations in New Zealand, who passed away tragically in the 2011 earthquake.