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Our relationship with Fiji
Fiji and New Zealand have a history of close ties spanning culture, sport, business, defence cooperation and education. Fiji is a regional hub, and a key partner for New Zealand in the Pacific.
New Zealand's bilateral engagement with Fiji continues to grow in terms of two way trade, tourism, defence and development in the wake of the democratic elections held in September 2014.
New Zealand welcomed Fiji’s 2014 return to democratic elections. New Zealand provides technical assistance to Fiji’s 2018 election preparations and support to its Parliament. New Zealand is pleased to be providing technical assistance to the Fiji Electoral Office in preparation for Fiji's national elections in 2018.
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. Career diplomat Jonathan Curr will replace Mark Ramsden as High Commissioner to Fiji early in 2018.
Fiji’s 332 islands span 18,300 square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean. While 110 of the islands are inhabited, the population of 903,928 in 2017 lives mostly on the two large islands of Vanua Levu and Viti Levu. Fiji’s capital, Suva, and the tourism hub of Nadi, both with international airports are on Viti Levu.
2016 statistics - year to June
Total trade in goods
Exports to Fiji
Top exports: dairy products, electronic machinery, 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 and tobacco|
|GDP per capita||US$5,322||NZ GDP per capita is US$43,837|
|GDP growth||3.8%||2017 forecast
Fiji has one of the most developed economies in the Pacific. Even with the significant impacts of Tropical Cyclone Winston, economic growth remained positive.
Fiji’s economy is based a thriving tourism industry, manufacturing natural resources including fish, forest and mineral resources, and agriculture. 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 163,836 visits to Fiji in 2016.
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 also continues to assist in Tropical Cyclone Winston recovery.
- 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
- 2017: Minister of Foreign Affairs Gerry Brownlee attended the Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting
- 2017: Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett for a Pacific regional Climate Change meeting
- 2017: Minister of Foreign Affairs Gerry Brownlee for talks with Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank Bainimarama
- 2017: NZ Chief of Army Maj. Gen. Peter Te Aroha Emile Kelly for a bilateral visit
Fiji to New Zealand
- 2017: Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment, Jone Usamate, to attend the 10th anniversary of the Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme
- 2017: Minister of Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu, to discuss climate change and agriculture with New Zealand Ministers
- 2017: Rear Admiral Naupoto for a Chiefs and Heads of Defence Meeting part of South Pacific Defence Ministers Meeting
- 2016: Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama to meet Former Prime Minister John Key and other New Zealand Ministers
News & Events
Tropical Cyclone Ella is currently a Category 2 tropical cyclone and is currently forecast to intensify further.
Remarks by Deputy Secretary Pacific and Development Group Jonathan Kings at event hosted by New Zealand Aid and Development Dialogues at Victoria University, Wellington, 5 July 2018