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 Nauru
The Republic of Nauru is the world's smallest republic by both population and geography. It is a 21 square kilometre island, with a population of just over 10,000. It's part of Micronesia, just 40 kilometres south of the Equator, and 300 kilometres west of its nearest neighbour, Kiribati.
New Zealand and Nauru have a friendly relationship based on common interests in issues affecting the Pacific region, such as fisheries, regional trade and development.
Nauru's economy relies heavily on its phosphate resources, and in recent history Nauru has seen times of both great prosperity and severe financial distress. During the 1970s, Nauru was one of the wealthiest countries in the world per capita. With the depletion of easily mined phosphate in the 1990s, Nauru got into serious debt. This led the Government of Nauru to ask the Pacific Islands Forum for assistance. The result was the Pacific Regional Assistance to Nauru (PRAN) initiative, which provided budgetary support to Nauru. New Zealand contributed to this initiative.
Total trade in goods
Exports to Nauru
Top exports: non-retail medications, beer, insulated wire, cable and other electric conductors
Imports from Nauru
|Top imports: natural calcium phosphates, motor vehicle parts and accessories, diesel engines
The New Zealand Aid Programme has a modest partnership with Nauru.
Workers from Nauru can come to New Zealand to work in our horticulture and wine industries under the Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme.
- New Zealand is represented to Nauru by New Zealand-based High Commissioner Shane Jones. Email the High Commissioner.
New Zealand to Nauru
- 2014: High Commissioner Shane Jones visited Nauru present credentials as New Zealand High Commissioner to Nauru
- 2006: Minister of Conservation Chris Carter met with government representatives
- 2003: Governor-General Dame Silvia Cartwright represented New Zealand at the state funeral of President Dowiyogo
Nauru to New Zealand
- 2011: President Marcus Stephen visited for the 42nd Pacific Islands Forum
- 2003: President Rene Harris visited for the Pacific Islands Forum
- 1995: President Bernard Dowiyogo visited for the Pacific Islands Forum
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Delivered by Brook Barrington, Chief Executive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.