Namaste and Kia Ora!
The ascent of Mt. Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on Friday 29 May 1953 has contributed to establishing a benchmark to bring the two countries together intimately, resulting to close cooperation not only on the governmental level but also individually and sentimentally. New Zealand and Nepal are partners in trade, tourism, academic and professional fields. The number of Nepalis residing in New Zealand has gradually increased since the 1980’s.
With the patronage of Sir Edmund Hillary, the New Zealand Nepal Society (NZNS), an incorporated society, is established on 30 August 1995 in Auckland, New Zealand. The NZNS is a non-profit organisation supported by voluntary services of its members. The members of NZNS live in different parts of New Zealand, mainly Auckland. NZNS is a multicultural and multi-ethnic organisation represented by various ethnic people of New Zealand and Nepal, namely Sherpa, Gurung, Kiwi, Brahman, Chhetri, Newar, Rai and others. As a member of various Ethnic Organisations of New Zealand, NZNS plays an active role to promote ethnic harmony in the country.