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The Greek Embassy in Canberra is accredited to and represents our country in New Zealand. Greece retains an Honorary Consulate in Auckland and New Zealand a General Honorary Consulate in Athens.
A Greek Embassy in Wellington operated from 1999 to 2015. The Embassy was also accredited to six island states in the Pacific: Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Nauru.As part of an effort to redeploy resources in Europe, New Zealand closed its Embassy in Athens in 1991, since which time it has been represented in Greece through its Embassy in Rome.
Greece and New Zealand are linked by strong bonds of friendship. The focal point and foundation of the close historical and traditional relation between the two peoples was the Battle of Crete during the Second World War.
On the level of political cooperation, the two countries have cooperated on the confrontation of international crises and current issues of international interest. There is particularly close cooperation in offering mutual support within international organizations.
There is a community of about 5000 people of Greek descent (first, second and third generation) in New Zealand. They play a prominent role in the fields of trade, literature and science, and have become an integral part of New Zealand society.
In terms of educational and cultural exchanges, the two sides have expressed interest in further development of their cultural cooperation, which is governed by the 2011 Cultural Cooperation Agreement, in all sectors of modern culture (literature, visual and plastic arts, music, cinema) and strengthening of contacts and initiatives among institutes and other cultural organizations in the two countries.
Of note is the ever increasing interest in learning Greek, as shown by the fact that five New Zealand universities have Chairs of Classical Greek Studies, three of which have existed for over 100 years.
Additionally, the work of the Greek Orthodox Church of New Zealand is important.