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The 2000s marked a positive development in the Italy-New Zealand relationship, due to the signing of the Working Holiday agreement in February 2001. The Working Holiday visa agreement allows young Italians and New Zealanders (aged 18 to 30) to work and holiday for up to 12 months in New Zealand and Italy respectively. It is a valuable exchange scheme that has allowed our peoples to know each other better, thus furthering the friendship between our countries.

It is worth mentioning the visits to Italy made by the Prime Minister and the Governor General of New Zealand, as a tribute to the soldiers that died during World War II. In 2004, Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand, took part to the 60th commemoration of the Battle of Cassino in Italy. Ten years later, in May 2014, Sir Jerry Mateparae, Governor General of New Zealand, visited the war cemetery of Monte Cassino, where 2176 New Zealand are buried. During this occasion, Governor Mateparae met Giorgio Napolitano, Italian President of the Republic, and Lapo Pistelli, Deputy Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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