Political, Cultural and Trade Relations
New Zealand and Malta share a common history of having both been members of the British Empire, and both countries are members of the British Empire's offspring, The Commonwealth of Nations.
Many Maltese emigrated to New Zealand and Australia from the beginning of the 20th century onward, and there are thriving expatriate communities in Australasia. An increasing number of New Zealanders choose Malta as a holiday destination in Europe as we have the English language and a love of maritime pastimes in common. What Malta offers the New Zealand visitor by way of historical marvels, good food and the stunning blue of the Mediterranean, New Zealand offers the Maltese visitor mountains, lakes, fjords, extensive sandy beaches, lush sub-tropical forests, adventure tourism and modern cities.
New Zealand's current political and commercial relations with Malta are summarised on the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) website.
New Zealand and Malta also have a strong common bond stemming from their involvement in both World War I and World War II, with many New Zealand and Australian military personnel having been either stationed in Malta or evacuated from active battle to convalesce in Malta. There is a noteworthy account of New Zealand airmen's involvement in the WWII siege of Malta in The Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War (1935-1945). The story of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) (1914-1918) connection to Malta is aptly related on the websites of the Australian High Commission in Malta and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). Anzac Day is commemorated annually on 25 April in New Zealand, Australia and Malta (and many other countries where Anzac personnel were stationed), and has become a commemoration of all wars where New Zealand, Australian and Maltese military personnel have served. If you are interested in touring the ANZAC sites of Malta, click on the ANZAC experience link under the Information for NZers tab above.
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A little bit of New Zealand in Gozo!
The 'Grog Shop' in St Francis Square in Victoria catered for Kiwi soldiers stationed in Gozo during the First World War