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About Kiribati

Kiribati is a republic comprising 32 coral atolls and one raised coral island stretched east to west along the equator in the central Pacific. It is home to around 116,300 people and also the South Pacific's largest marine reserve.

Kiribati is low lying and as a result extremely vulnerable to the effects of climate change. New Zealand and Kiribati have a strong relationship based on our shared geography and development interests. 

Find out more about Kiribati.

Trade

Kiribati is one of New Zealand’s smallest trading partners and exports and imports fluctuate from year to year.

Kiribati's major exports are copra, fish and seaweed. It also earns foreign exchange through remittances from the more than 200 workers who visit New Zealand each year on short-term labour contracts. Phosphate deposits on Banaba Island were the primary source of income until supplies were completely exhausted in 1979.

2018 statistics 

Two-way trade

NZD$27 million*

 

Goods exports to Kiribati

NZD$15 million*

Top goods exports: furniture, vehicles, iron, steel and sawn wood

Goods imports from Kiribati

NZD$0 million *

 

Remittances

NZD$2 million

Estimated funds remitted by I-Kiribati workers in New Zealand

GDP

USD$187 million^

 
GDP per capita USD$1,598^ NZ GDP per capita is USD$41,267^

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

Development cooperation

As part of the Pacific Reset, New Zealand has scaled up its development cooperation in Kiribati. Kiribati faces serious development constraints that come with its size and remote location, but New Zealand is working closely with the government and people of Kiribati to overcome these challenges.

Our work in Kiribati aims for a healthy, educated and resilient I-Kiribati population in a well-governed country that provides acceptable future choices for its population.

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

Embassies

Recent official visits

New Zealand to Kiribati
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters led a delegation to Kiribati in February 2019 as part of a mission to the Pacific region.
Kiribati to New Zealand
  • Kiribati Minister of Transport Willie Tokataake visited New Zealand in September 2018.
  • Kiribati President HE Taneti Maamau visited Auckland in October 2018.
  • Kiribati Minister of Employment and Human Resources Hon Ioteba Redfern visited New Zealand in March 2019 with a delegation to meet Recognised Seasonal Employment (RSE) scheme employees.

News & Events

APEC 2021 Bill introduced to the House

Latin America
North America
North Asia
Pacific
South East Asia

The new Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC 2021) Bill was introduced to the House on Wednesday by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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.