A new reciprocal working holiday scheme between New Zealand and Mexico was signed Friday by New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and visiting President of Mexico, Felipe Caldern Hinojosa, in Auckland Friday.
Under the scheme up to 200 young people aged between 18 and 30 can visit and work for a year in the host country.
The scheme aims at enabling both New Zealand and Mexican young people to experience each other's countries and cultures.
Clark welcomed the agreement as an opportunity for young New Zealanders to enjoy the experience of living and working in Mexico.
"Today's signing builds on our strengthening ties with Latin American nations. New Zealand has had working holiday schemes with Argentina and Uruguay since 2003 and, Chile since 2002. The scheme has been so successful with young travelers from Argentina and Chile that places have been progressively increased from 300 and 200 respectively, to 1000 places each today. The Working Holiday Scheme with Uruguay offers 100 places," said Clark.
Felipe Caldern also met with business leaders, the governor- general during his six-hour stopover en route to the APEC conference in Sydney.
Mexico is the world's fourth-largest importer of dairy products, and is ranked 18th as a destination for New Zealand exports.