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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. 

Trade

2015 statistics - year to June

Total trade in goods 

$431 million

 

Exports to Fiji

$380 million 

Top exports: yachts, milk powder, mutton and lamb, fruit and vegetables

Imports from Fiji

$50 million

Top imports: manioc and sweet potatoes; bread, pastry, cakes, and biscuits; fresh or chilled vegetables, clothes

GDP

US$4.2 billion

 
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.

Aid

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.

Find out more about our aid programme in Fiji

Embassies

Recent official visits

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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The General Election will be held on 23 September 2017. Voters who are overseas can vote from 6 September to 23 September.