New Zealand and Japan business ties

New Zealand’s relationship with Japan stretches over 100 years. Our two nations have enjoyed more than 65 years of diplomatic relations, and our trade and investment relationship has also spanned any decades. Two-way trade between our countries is worth NZ$8.4 billion, making Japan New Zealand's fourth largest trading partner. 


There are growing opportunities for New Zealand and Japan to increase collaboration in a number of areas – from food and beverage to agricultural technology, renewable energy, high-value manufacturing, hotel construction and sports coaching. 

Both our countries are known for our innovation and science; we have educated, ambitious and highly skilled workforces; and we are among the least corrupt countries in the world – all these are reasons why Japan and New Zealand make good business partners. Japan and New Zealand have ratified the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (CPTPP).

This agreement is expected to further strengthen the trade relationship between Japan and New Zealand, giving New Zealand exporters improved access to the Japanese market and providing an opportunity for Japan and New Zealand to discuss emerging areas of cooperation including in the field of renewable and hydrogen energy. 

Meet our

Trade Commissioner

Craig Pettigrew


Craig Pettigrew was appointed New Zealand’s Trade Commissioner to Japan in August 2016, and is based in Tokyo. He has a long-standing connection to Japan, having worked in Tokyo previously for NZTE, Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand.  

Craig has held a number of senior management roles in the public and private sectors focussed on growing business in the East Asia region, most recently at Asahi Premium Beverages and The Better Drinks Company.

Craig was a founding member of the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council Export Advisory Group as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the Japan New Zealand Business Council.

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New Zealand Embassy

20-40 Kamiyama-cho

Tokyo 150-0047

+81 3 5478 9668


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