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High Commission of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea
New Zealand High Commission to Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea

About Papua New Guinea

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Papua New Guinea (PNG) is located in the south west Pacific and encompasses the eastern half of New Guinea and its offshore islands. It is New Zealand’s second largest goods export market in the Pacific, after Fiji. PNG’s economy is heavily reliant on natural resources and the extractive sector.

It is also vulnerable to natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, and faces various social challenges including high levels of gender-based violence, making it a challenging environment.

Find out more about Papua New Guinea.


PNG is our second largest goods export market in the Pacific, after Fiji. Services are a growing part of the trade relationship with New Zealand companies engaged in consulting and helping with institutional and regulatory reform. New Zealand’s private sector is engaged in PNG across a wide range of industries including communications, construction, aviation, engineering, energy and education.

2018 statistics

Two-way trade NZD$257 million*  
Goods exports to PNG NZD$166 million*  Top goods exports: electrical machinery and equipment, meat products, and dairy produce and animal products
Goods imports from PNG NZD$27 million* Top goods imports: petroleum oils, coffee, and plywood or veneered panels
GDP USD$21.3 billion  
GDP per capita USD$2,530 NZ GDP per capita is USD$41,267^

Sources: *NZ Trade Dashboard(external link) ^IMF WEO April 2019(external link)

Development cooperation

In 2018, PNG launched a new Medium Term Development Plan which prioritises investment in economic sectors and infrastructure, health, education, law and justice. We will work with PNG in these areas, as well as with regional and multilateral partners. We seek to promote and support activities in PNG that encourage the inclusion of all PNG society, including inclusive sustainable economic growth.

Find out more about our current priorities, achievements and activities in PNG.


Recent official visits

New Zealand to Papua New Guinea

  • 2018: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker visited Port Moresby in November for APEC Leaders’ Week
  • 2018: Finance Minister Grant Robertson visited Port Moresby for APEC meetings in October and Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau visited in May
  • 2018: Defence Minister Ron Mark travelled to Papua New Guinea to meet with his counterpart and to sign a Status of Forces Agreement between New Zealand and Papua New Guinea
  • 2017: Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully visited Port Moresby where, among others, he met with his PNG counterpart, Rimbink Pato

Papua New Guinea to New Zealand

  • 2019: Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon Rimbink Pato visited Wellington in April for bilateral calls
  • 2018: Minister for National Planning and Monitoring Hon Richard Maru visited New Zealand in May
  • 2018: Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato visited Auckland and Wellington in March for bilateral calls


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