Our relationship with Micronesia 

New Zealand and Micronesia share common interests in issues affecting the Pacific region such as climate change, development, sustainable fisheries management and security. We also work with Micronesia though our membership in the Pacific Islands Forum.

Micronesia is a group of 607 small islands stretching across the Pacific to the north of Papua New Guinea, with a population of 105,000. It's an independent country in free association with the United States, and one of the North Pacific Compact States, along with the Marshall Islands and Palau. 


2014 statistics

Total trade in goods 

$1.2 million


Exports to Micronesia

$1.2 million 

Top exports: sawn or chipped wood; gas, liquid, or electricity supply meters; iron or steel stranded wire, ropes, and uninsulated cables

Imports from Micronesia


Top imports: vegetables


US$315 million

GDP per capita US$3,041 (NZ GDP per capita is US$43,837)
GDP growth  0.1%  


New Zealand supports Micronesia through the North Pacific Development Fund, which is administered by the Consulate-General in Honolulu, Hawaii. It provides funding for locally run projects up to the value of NZ$75,000 per project. The focus is on education and building resilience, with the fund investing in activities that support income and job generation, training, disaster management and community development. 

For more information on the NPDF click here.


Recent official visits

New Zealand to Micronesia
  • 2014: Ambassador Robert Kawai visited Pohnpei to present his credentials
  • 2010: Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully visited Pohnpei for the Forum Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM)
Micronesia to New Zealand
  • 2013: Senator Tulensa Palik attended the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Pacific Regional Rights Resource Team Consultation in Auckland
  • March 2013: President Emanual Mori attended the Pacific Energy Summit in Auckland
  • April 2013: Congressman David Panuelo attended the Pacific Parliamentary Forum in Wellington
  • September 2011: President Emanueol Mori attended the 42nd Pacific Islands Forum in Auckland

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