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About the EU Delegation to New Zealand

12/05/2016 - 15:21
About us - structure and organisation

Kia ora and welcome to the website of the European Union's Delegation to New Zealand.

Established in Wellington in May 2004, the Delegation provides information to New Zealanders about the European Union, its policies and activities; and acts as a conduit for regular exchanges with the New Zealand government. Each year we undertake specific activities to inform New Zealanders on the latest developments to do with the European Union. Everything from the euro and education to trade policy and relations with New Zealand.

We are strongly committed to improving and expanding our relationship with New Zealand to ensure that our reporting to Brussels is comprehensive and reflects the true depth and diversity of New Zealand debate.

You are encouraged to continue perusing the following pages and inform yourself of the many facets to the bilateral relationship. The Delegation welcomes any feedback you may have and encourages you to contact us if you have any questions.

The European Union and New Zealand share a strong historical, cultural, economic and political relationship that has grown and developed over many decades.

The Delegation in particular:

  • Ensures the representation of the European Union in New Zealand.
  • Maintains and develops bilateral relations in accordance with the 2007 EU-New Zealand Joint Declaration on Relations and Cooperation  and the 2016 EU-New Zealand Partnership Agreement for Relations and Cooperation in the areas of political, economic, trade, development, education, research, science, and technology, transport, environment and cultural cooperation.
  • Contributes to coordination with EU Member States Embassies.
  • Reports back to headquarters on all matters of interest.
  • Works towards increasing the visibility, awareness and understanding of the EU in New Zealand.
  • Carries out press and public diplomatic activities in pursuit of the above.

Ambassador
Ms Nina Obermaier

Twitter: @NinaObermaierEU
Email: Nina.Obermaier@eeas.europa.eu

Nina Obermaier has been the Ambassador of the European Union to New Zealand since November 2019.

Ms Obermaier has worked at the European Union since 2001. From October 2016 to November 2019 she served as the adviser to the Deputy Chief Negotiator for the UK's withdrawal from the European Union. She was the Lead Negotiator for issues related to Ireland/North Ireland at the European Commission in Brussels. 

She worked as the Deputy Head of Division in the European External Action Service in charge of EU relations and negotiation with Switzerland between July 2013 and October 2016 at the External Action Service in Brussels.  She was the Deputy Head of Unit at the European Commission charge of protection and crisis management from September 2009 to June 2013 at the European Commission in Brussels. Between March 2003 and August 2009 she held subsequent positions as Desk Officer for Israel and the West Bank/Gaza at the European Commission in Brussels. From February 2001 to February 2003 she was a policy developer in the field of information society at the European Commission in Brussels. 

Prior to her positions at the European Union, she was a senior producer and journalist for ARD (German Television) between March 1999 and December 2000. 

Ms. Obermaier  attained an M.A. in European Studies at the College of Europe Natolin, Poland. She also has an M.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Hanover in Germany, and the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom.

She speaks four languages; English, German, French, and Dutch.

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