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About Fiji

Fiji is made up of more than 330 islands, 110 of which are inhabited by a population of around 900,000. Fiji and New Zealand are natural partners, sharing a history of strong ties encompassing heritage, culture, sport, business and education. New Zealand resumed full bilateral engagement with Fiji in 2014, after Fiji held its first democratic election following the 2006 military coup and our relationship continues to grow steadily in terms of two-way trade, tourism, defence and development cooperation.  

Find out more about Fiji.

 

Trade

Fiji’s economy is among the most advanced and diversified in the Pacific. Even with the significant impact of Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016, economic growth remained positive, having tracked upwards for eight successive years.

Fiji is New Zealand’s largest Pacific Island trading partner, and the only country in our region to rank among New Zealand’s top 20 trading partners.

New Zealand is a major supplier of services to Fiji. We are also Fiji’s second largest tourist market, after Australia, with New Zealanders making approximately 180,000 visits to Fiji each year.

New Zealand and Fiji are committed to continuing to grow mutual business, trade and investment links, to support regional economic growth and integration.

2018 statistics

Two-way trade

NZD$1.17 billion*

 

Good exports to Fiji

NZD$503 million* 

Top goods exports: electronic machinery, dairy products, mutton and lamb, vegetables

Goods imports from Fiji

NZD$64 million*

Top goods imports: processed fruit and nuts, baked goods, clothing, vegetables and legumes, tobacco

GDP

USD$5.3 billion^

 
GDP per capita USD$5,950^ NZ GDP per capita is USD$41,267^

Sources: *MBIE Trade Intelligence May 2019 (external link)   ^IMF WEO April 2019 (external link)

Development cooperation

Our development cooperation centres on deepening relationships with Fiji, strengthening governance and institutions, and supporting its economic resilience, community well-being, and security. A relationship built on shared values and partnership is at the centre of our approach.

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

 

Embassies

Recent official visits

New Zealand to Fiji 
  • May 2019: Hon Shane Jones attends Asian Development Bank Annual Meeting in Fiji; Parliamentary Under Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau attends Pacific Islands Forum Economic Ministers’ Meeting; Hon Ron Mark attends South Pacific Defence Ministers’ Meeting; Hon Aupito William Sio attends Climate Action Pacific Partnership conference; Rt Hon Winston Peters attends Pacific Island Forum Leaders’ Meeting with UN Secretary-General
  • February 2019: New Zealand Government delegation visits Fiji, led by Rt Hon Winston Peters and including Ministers Sio and Seuploni as well as a cross-party delegation of MPs
  • November 2018: New Zealand MPs and officials visit Fiji as part of the Multilateral Observer Group for the 2018 Fiji General Election
Fiji to New Zealand
  • February 2019: Eight Fijian Female MPs visited the New Zealand Parliament on a parliamentary strengthening tour

  • March 2019: Visit by His Excellency Jioji Konrote, President of Fiji, to attend the Christchurch Remembrance Service; visit by Hon Premila Kumar (Fijian Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism Local Government, Housing and Community Development) for the first anniversary of the opening of the Fijian Consulate General and Trade Commission in Auckland. Visit to New Zealand by the Speaker of the Fijian Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.
  • May 2019: Visit by Hon Dr Ifereimi Waqainnabete (Fijian Minister of Health) to address the annual fundraising dinner of the Friends of Fiji Health

News & Events

Fiji: Tropical Cyclone Ella

Fiji

Tropical Cyclone Ella is currently a Category 2 tropical cyclone and is currently forecast to intensify further.

Aviation partnership makes Pacific airways safer

Pacific
Cook Islands
Kiribati
Nauru
Niue
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tonga
Tuvalu
Vanuatu

Commercial air travel in the Pacific is now safer and more reliable following the completion of a four-year programme improving air navigation across the region.

Improved access to essential medicines for Polynesia

Pacific

Improved access to essential medicines in Polynesia following support from New Zealand will help Pacific people live healthier lives, MFAT Deputy Secretary Jonathan Kings announced on 3 October 2019.