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Fiji's 332 islands span 18,300 square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean. 110 of the islands are inhabited, but the population of just under 900,000 lives mostly on the two large islands of Vanua Levu and Veti Levu. Fiji's capital, Suva, and Nadi with its international airport are both on Veti Levu.
Fiji has one of the most developed economies in the Pacific, based on an abundance of fish, forest and mineral resources and a thriving tourism industry. It is our largest trading partner in the Pacific.
Fiji is a popular holiday destination for New Zealanders, who made more than 112,000 visits to Fiji in 2013. There are about 14,700 Fijians living in New Zealand.
Fiji and New Zealand have a history of close ties spanning history, culture, sport, business, and education. New Zealand and Fiji are rebuilding our relationship after a difficult period following the 2006 military coup in Fiji.
In September 2014, Rear Admiral (Rtd) Hon Josaia Voreqe Bainamarama won Fiji’s first democratic elections since 2006. New Zealand welcomed Fiji’s return to democracy. The elections were a significant event for both Fiji, and the wider Pacific region. New Zealand was pleased to provide technical assistance towards Fiji’s election preparations and the re-establishment of its Parliament.
New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Suva was accredited in November 2014. Fiji is a regional hub, and a key partner for New Zealand in the Pacific.
Total trade in goods: $459 million
Exports to Fiji: $403 million
Top exports: yachts, dairy products, lamb and mutton, vegetables and fruit
Imports from Fiji: $56 million
Top imports: vegetables, baked products, clothes
Trade ranking: 31st
GDP: US$4.034 billion
GDP per capita: US$4,578 (NZ GDP per capita is US$41,500)
GDP growth: 4.6%
Fiji is our largest trading partner in the Pacific region and one of only two Pacific nations to feature in our top 50 trading partners, along with Papua New Guinea.
New Zealand is a major supplier of services to Fiji and we in turn make up Fiji’s second largest tourist market after Australia. In 2013 New Zealanders made more than 112,000 visits to Fiji.
New Zealand’s Aid Programme work in Fiji focuses on:
The New Zealand Aid Programme funds scholarships for students from Fiji [external link].
New Zealand has a High Commission in Suva, Fiji [external].
Fiji has a High Commission in Wellington [external link].