New Zealand statement delivered by Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen, Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the United Nations, 23 September 2016
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Our relationship with Fiji
Fiji and New Zealand have a history of close ties spanning history, culture, sport, business, and education. Fiji is a regional hub, and a key partner for New Zealand in the Pacific.
Our two countries 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. 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 while Fiji's High Commissioner to New Zealand was accredited in November 2015.
Fiji’s 332 islands span 18,300 square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean. While 110 of the islands are inhabited, the population of just under 900,000 lives mostly on the two large islands of Vanua Levu and Viti Levu. Fiji’s capital, Suva, and Nadi with its international airport are both on Viti Levu.
2015 statistics - year to June
Total trade in goods
Exports to Fiji
Top exports: yachts, milk powder, mutton and lamb, fruit and vegetables
Imports from Fiji
|Top imports: manioc and sweet potatoes; bread, pastry, cakes, and biscuits; fresh or chilled vegetables, clothes|
|GDP per capita||US$4,774||(NZ GDP per capita is US$43,837)|
|GDP growth||4.3%|| 2015 estimate
Fiji has one of the most developed economies in the Pacific. It is based onmanufacturing, a thriving tourism industry and natural resources including fish, foresst and mineral resources.. It is our largest trading partner in the Pacific 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. New Zealanders made more than 124,000 visits to Fiji in 2014.
The New Zealand Aid Programme works with Fiji to develop agriculture and a more highly skilled and educated workforce, and to build links between our institutions and support democracy.
- New Zealand is represented in Fiji by the New Zealand High Commission, Suva
- Fiji is represented in New Zealand by the High Commission of the Republic of Fiji, Wellington (external link)
New Zealand to Fiji
- 2015: The Speaker of New Zealand's Parliament, David Carter visited Fiji's Parliament
- 2015: Chief of Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal Mike Yardley, to mark the 50th anniversary of the withdrawal of the Royal New Zealand Air Force from Laucala Bay in Suva
- 2014, 2013, 2012: Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully, visited as a member of the Pacific Islands Forum’s Ministerial Contact Group
Fiji to New Zealand
- 2015: Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon Ratu Inoke Kubuabola visited for consultations with New Zealand Ministers
- 2015: The Ppeaker of Fiji's Parliament, Jiko Luveni visited New Zealand's Parliament
- 2014: Labour Minister Jone Usamate, to dsicuss the Recognised Seasonal Employers Scheme with officials
- 2014: Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Amena Yauvoli, visited to meet with Foreign Affairs officials
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Delivered by Brook Barrington, Chief Executive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.