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The Embassy of New Zealand in Berlin


Address: Friedrichstraße 60.,10117 Berlin

Tel.: +49 30 20 62 10

Fax: +49 30 20 62 11 14

E-mail: nzembber@infoem.org 


The Ambassador

Rupert Holborow


Rupert Holborow is New Zealand’s Ambassador to Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Liechtenstein.

As a career diplomat, he has been privileged to spend time both representing New Zealand in some fascinating countries offshore as well as working at home.

He has served twice overseas in Australia (1986-89 and again 2000-2004), Indonesia (1994-97), and most recently as High Commissioner to India (2008-2010) with responsibility for Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Most recently at home he headed up the Ministry’s Economic Division.  He has also served as New Zealand’s Senior Official for APEC, has worked in the Ministry’s North Asia and South-East Asia Divisions, in the Ministry’s Trade Negotiations Division and early in his career as a private secretary to the then-trade minister. 

Having spent a good number of years living in Europe as a child, Rupert is delighted to be back in Europe as part of the wider New Zealand team seeking to promote deeper links with this very important part of the world.    


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Germany and New Zealand enjoy a healthy and supportive relationship, based on common interests and values, making both countries natural like-minded international partners in trade, commerce and cultural exchange.

The year of 2013 marked the 60th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Over this  period of time, both countries have developed a trusting relationship and very often find themselves sharing similar positions on international issues.

Germany and New Zealand are also long standing solid economic partners, especially since 1978 and the signing of a double taxation agreement. Ever since, both countries willingly take part in  numerous economic transactions.

Moreover, both countries are also involved in many scientific and cultural exchanges.