New Zealand


Singapore and New Zealand enjoy a close, multifaceted and longstanding relationship. As countries that are small and open, we share many interests and strategic views, and cooperate closely in multilateral forums.

Defence is a key pillar of bilateral relations. In addition to being members of the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA), Singapore’s and New Zealand’s armed forces exercise and train together regularly. Singapore’s and New Zealand’s troops also partnered each other in missions in East Timor and Afghanistan. New Zealand also provides unilateral military training facilities in Singapore, and both countries work well together at multilateral security fora.

Trade is another key component of the relationship. The Agreement between New Zealand and Singapore on a Closer Economic Partnership (ANZSCEP), Singapore’s first bilateral FTA and New Zealand’s second, was signed in Singapore by then-Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong and then-New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark in November 2000 and came into effect on 1 January 2001. Both countries are also party to the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) which came into effect on 1 January 2010, as well as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).



  • New Zealand Minister for Economic Development, Regulatory Reform, Science and Innovation, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment and Associate Minister of Finance Steven Joyce visited Singapore from 7 to 8 June.
  • New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully visited Singapore from 8 to 9 March.
  • Acting Minister (Education – Higher Education and Skills) and Senior Minister of State (Defence) Ong Ye Kung visited New Zealand on 19 January to observe Singapore Armed Forces troops participate in Exercise Thunder Warrior at the Waiouru Training Area. 


  • New Zealand Associate Minister of Education Nikki Kaye visited Singapore from 17 to 18 November to deliver a speech at the BETT Asia Leadership Summit.
  • President Tony Tan Keng Yam made a State Visit to New Zealand from 25 to 30 October.
  • New Zealand Prime Minister John Key visited Singapore on 9 August to attend the SG50 National Day Parade.
  • New Zealand Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae made a State Visit to Singapore from 5 to 8 July.
  • Minister (Foreign Affairs and Law) K Shanmugam visited New Zealand from 24 to 26 May.
  • Minister of State (Defence and National Development) Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman visited New Zealand on 20 January to observe Singapore Armed Forces troops participate in Exercise Thunder Warrior at the Waiouru Training Area.

Last updated: October 2016