Our relationship with Nauru

 

The Republic of Nauru is the world's smallest republic by both population and geography. It is a 21 square kilometre island, with a population of just over 10,000. It is part of Micronesia, just 40 kilometres south of the Equator, and 300 kilometres west of its nearest neighbour, Kiribati. 

New Zealand and Nauru have a relationship based on common interests in issues affecting the Pacific region, such as security, fisheries, regional trade and development. Both countries are members of the Pacific Islands Forum, deployed personnel to the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) and are signatories to the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus. There is a small community of about 130 Nauruans residing in New Zealand. 

Nauru's economy traditionally relied heavily on its phosphate resources, and in recent history Nauru has seen times of both great prosperity and severe financial distress. During the 1970s, Nauru was one of the wealthiest countries in the world per capita. With the depletion of easily mined phosphate in the 1990s, Nauru got into serious debt. This led the Government of Nauru to ask the Pacific Islands Forum for assistance. The result was the Pacific Regional Assistance to Nauru (PRAN) initiative, which provided budgetary support to Nauru. New Zealand contributed to this initiative. Today income from the granting of fishing licences and the hosting of refugees and asylum-seekers are the country’s key sources of revenue. Through Forum Fisheries Agency operations, New Zealand contributes air-force and navy assets to assist Nauru to monitor its EEZ.

Nauru's economy relies heavily on its phosphate resources, and in recent history Nauru has seen times of both great prosperity and severe financial distress. During the 1970s, Nauru was one of the wealthiest countries in the world per capita. With the depletion of easily mined phosphate in the 1990s, Nauru got into serious debt. This led the Government of Nauru to ask the Pacific Islands Forum for assistance. The result was the Pacific Regional Assistance to Nauru (PRAN) initiative, which provided budgetary support to Nauru. New Zealand contributed to this initiative.

Trade

2016 statistics

Total trade in goods 

$5.9 million

 

Exports to Nauru

$1.6 million 

Top exports: food, machinery

Imports from Nauru

$4.3 million

Top imports: phosphate

Aid

The New Zealand Aid Programme has a modest partnership with Nauru.

Find out more about our aid programme in Nauru 

Workers from Nauru can come to New Zealand to work in our horticulture and wine industries under the Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme.

Find out more about the Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme (external link)

Embassies

 

Recent official visits

New Zealand to Nauru
  • 2014: High Commissioner Shane Jones visited Nauru to present credentials as New Zealand High Commissioner to Nauru
  • 2006: Minister of Conservation Chris Carter met with government representatives
  • 2003: Governor-General Dame Silvia Cartwright represented New Zealand at the state funeral of President Dowiyogo
  • 2001: Prime Minister Rt Hon Helen Clark attended the Pacific Islands Forum.
Nauru to New Zealand
  • 2011: President Marcus Stephen visited for the 42nd Pacific Islands Forum
  • 2003: President Rene Harris visited for the Pacific Islands Forum
  • 1995: President Bernard Dowiyogo visited for the Pacific Islands Forum

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2017 New Zealand General Election

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Mt Albert by-election Saturday 25 February

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A by-election to elect a new Member of Parliament for the general electorate of Mt Albert will be held in New Zealand on Saturday 25 February 2017.