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Our relationship with Niue

Niue became a British Protectorate in 1900 and was annexed to New Zealand in 1901. In 1974 the people of Niue adopted a Constitution providing for self-government in free association with New Zealand. This is different from full independence. Under the Niue Constitution, New Zealand provides necessary economic and administrative assistance, and is responsible for Niue's defence and surveillance of its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). 

Because Niueans are New Zealand citizens, they can work and study here without requiring special visas. About 24,000 Niueans live in New Zealand, compared to 1,500 living in Niue (2011 Census).

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 they will cooperate, coordinate and partner in shared priority areas.

Niue is the largest raised coral atoll in the world. It's a single island nation with a land mass of 260 square kilometres and an EEZ of 390,000 square kilometres. 


2016 statistics

Total trade in goods 

$16.65 million


Exports to Niue

$16.42 million 

Top exports: non-crude petroleum oils, waste oil, and biodiesel, construction materials, heavy machinery, beverages, electrical equipment 

Imports from Niue


Top imports: honey, vegetables, works of art

Niue's economy is fragile and faces many constraints including limited land, poor soil, limited air service, a shortage of skilled professionals and entrepreneurs, and a declining population. Niue depends on imported fuel and food to supplement its subsistence agriculture and fishing, and this is reflected in its trading relationship with New Zealand. 

Niue's income from tourism has been growing, and there's potential for more growth as air services increase and more accommodation and other infrastructure is built.


The  New Zealand Aid Programme works with Niue to support its government to provide core public services and develop the tourism industry.  We are Niue's largest funder.

Find out more about our aid programme in Niue


Recent official visits

New Zealand to Niue
  • 2017: Prime Minister Bill English led a delegation to Niue as part of the Pacific Mission
  • 2017: In March the Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy, visited Niue on her first official overseas visit, and held the investiture for Niue's 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
  • 2011: Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully visited Niue as part of a Pacific tour that included Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands. The Minister announced a $NZ15 million investment in developing tourism in Niue over three years
Niue to New Zealand
  • 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
  • August 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
  • April 2013: Ministers Vaaga Tukitonga and Talaititama Talaiti represented the Niue Assembly at the Pacific Parliamentary and Political Leaders Forum in Wellington
  • March 2013 Premier Toke Talagi attended the Pacific Energy Summit in Auckland and met Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully

Niue's Premier and ministers often visit New Zealand in transit or on private travel.

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