The Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade select committee is conducting an inquiry into New Zealand’s aid to the Pacific.
Niue is situated in the South Pacific between Tonga, Samoa and Cook Islands. Its land area is 260km2 and its population is around 1,700.
Niue is self-governing in ‘free association’ with New Zealand. It is part of the Realm of New Zealand, which means that we share the same Head of State, Her Majesty the Queen in Right of New Zealand.
New Zealand’s engagement prioritises empowering the Government of Niue, to ensure the people of Niue lead prosperous, healthy, and safe lives connected to culture, land, and community.
Find out more about Niue.
Niue's income from tourism has been growing, as air services have doubled to two flights a week, and more accommodation and other infrastructure is built.
Niue imports fuel and food to supplement its fishing and agriculture production, and this is reflected in trade flows with New Zealand (identified in table below).
Niue’s currency is the New Zealand dollar.
Recent Niue statistics
Two-way goods trade with New Zealand (2018)
Goods exports to NZ (2018)
Top exports: noni juice, honey, taro, vanilla
|Goods imports from NZ (2018)||
|Top imports: non-crude petroleum oils, waste oil, and biodiesel, construction materials, heavy machinery, beverages, electrical equipment|
|GDP (2016)||USD$24.7 million*|
|GDP per capita (2016)||USD$15,586 per capita*||NZ GDP per capita is USD$41,267^|
|Tourism revenue||NZD$11.7 million+||2017|
+SPTO Tourism annual review 2017 (external link), #Niue Tourism Office
Our goal is for an economically and socially prosperous Niue.
On 26 April 2019, the Governments of New Zealand and Niue signed a Statement of Partnership [PDF, 587 KB] setting out the principles and priorities under which we will cooperate, coordinate and partner in shared priority areas.
Find out more about our our development cooperation in Niue.
- New Zealand is represented in Niue by the New Zealand High Commission, Alofi
- Niue is represented in New Zealand by the High Commission for Niue, Wellington (external link)
New Zealand to Niue
- 2019: Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs Fletcher Tabuteau led New Zealand’s delegation to Niue for High-Level Consultations
- 2018: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern led a delegation to Niue as part of the Pacific Mission
- 2017: Prime Minister Bill English led a delegation to Niue as part of the Pacific Mission
- 2017: Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy visited Niue on her first official overseas visit, and held the investiture for Premier Sir Toke Talagi.
- 2015: Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully visited Niue and announced a $NZ7.5m investment to grow tourism in Niue.
- 2014: Prime Minister John Key led a delegation to Niue as part of the Pacific Mission
- 2013: Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae and Lady Mateparae visited Niue for the 39th Constitution Day celebrations
- 2012: Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully led a delegation to Niue as part of the Pacific Mission
Niue to New Zealand
- 2019: Premier Sir Toke Talagi attended the Pacific Exposition
- 2018: Premier Sir Toke Talagi attended the signing of the Manatua Cable Consortium Communique
- 2016: Premier Toke Talagi attended the Pacific Energy Summit in Auckland and met with Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully
- 2014: Premier Toke Talagi met with Minister Chris Finlayson in Wellington to discuss Niue’s participation in World War I commemorative events
- 2013: Premier Toke Talagi met Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully before the announcement on changes to New Zealand’s pension portability policy for Realm countries
News & Events
New rules on South Pacific bottom fishing will significantly improve management of deep water fisheries and reduce the impact on the marine environment.
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
New Zealand statement delivered by Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen, Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the United Nations, 23 September 2016