About New Zealand

In New Zealand one can find a unique culture and stunning natural environment. Look out for beautiful native birds such as the tui and kereru as they venture into suburban gardens to feed

 From rolling green farmland to majestic snow-covered mountains, New Zealand deserves its reputation for some of the world’s most beautiful natural environments.

Population

New Zealand is similar in size to the United Kingdom or Japan but the population is just over 4 million. Most New Zealanders live in cities, so the countryside is very sparsely populated. While the scenery sets our country apart, Kiwis have a reputation for friendliness, creativity and independence.

Climate

The varied terrain and long thin shape of the country (from 34 to 48 degrees latitude south) create a variety of climatic conditions, from sub-tropical to almost continental. Conditions are very changeable – a cool rainy day can suddenly turn sunny and hot. The mild climate is great for our agriculture and horticulture industries, which are vital to the economy.

Wildlife

The closest neighbour is Australia, 3 hours by plane. This geographic isolation means many indigenous species of plants and birds are found only in New Zealand - including, the famous, flightless kiwi.

Economy

The past two decades, for New Zealand, have been characterized most by its transformation from an agrarian economy dependent on concessionary British market access to an industrialized, free market economy that holds a legitimate place in global competition. This significant growth has boosted real incomes, developed technology in the industrial sector, and kept inflationary pressures under check. GDP per capita has increased steadily for more than half a decade. New Zealand is heavily dependent on trade, especially agricultural products, to drive economic growth (of note is that exports constitute one-fifth of GDP). New Zealand has a generally resilient economy, and the Labor Government promises that expenditures on health, education and pensions will increase proportionately to output.

Key Industries

Food processing, wood and paper products, textiles, machinery, transportation equipment, banking and insurance, tourism and mining.

Agricultural Products

Wheat, barley, potatoes, pulses, fruits, vegetables, wool, beef, lamb, mutton, dairy products and fish.

Export Commodities

Dairy products, meat, wood, wood products, fish and machinery.

Import Commodities

Machinery and equipment, motor vehicles and parts, crude oil, chemicals, electricity, durable consumer goods.