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About Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is located in the south west Pacific and encompasses the eastern half of New Guinea and its offshore islands. It is New Zealand’s second largest goods export market in the Pacific, after Fiji. PNG’s economy is heavily reliant on natural resources and the extractive sector.

It is also vulnerable to natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, and faces various social challenges including high levels of gender-based violence, making it a challenging environment.

Find out more about Papua New Guinea.

Trade

PNG is our second largest goods export market in the Pacific, after Fiji. Services are a growing part of the trade relationship with New Zealand companies engaged in consulting and helping with institutional and regulatory reform. New Zealand’s private sector is engaged in PNG across a wide range of industries including communications, construction, aviation, engineering, energy and education.

2018 statistics

Two-way trade

NZD$257 million*

 

Goods exports to PNG

NZD$166 million* 

Top goods exports: electrical machinery and equipment, meat products, and dairy produce and animal products

Goods imports from PNG

NZD$27 million*

Top goods imports: petroleum oils, coffee, and plywood or veneered panels

GDP

USD$21.3 billion

 
GDP per capita USD$2,530 NZ GDP per capita is USD$41,267^

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

Development cooperation

In 2018, PNG launched a new Medium Term Development Plan which prioritises investment in economic sectors and infrastructure, health, education, law and justice. We will work with PNG in these areas, as well as with regional and multilateral partners. We seek to promote and support activities in PNG that encourage the inclusion of all PNG society, including inclusive sustainable economic growth.

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

Embassies

Recent official visits

New Zealand to Papua New Guinea
  • 2018: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker visited Port Moresby in November for APEC Leaders’ Week
  • 2018: Finance Minister Grant Robertson visited Port Moresby for APEC meetings in October and Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau visited in May
  • 2018: Defence Minister Ron Mark travelled to Papua New Guinea to meet with his counterpart and to sign a Status of Forces Agreement between New Zealand and Papua New Guinea
  • 2017: Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully visited Port Moresby where, among others, he met with his PNG counterpart, Rimbink Pato
Papua New Guinea to New Zealand
  • 2019: Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon Rimbink Pato visited Wellington in April for bilateral calls
  • 2018: Minister for National Planning and Monitoring Hon Richard Maru visited New Zealand in May
  • 2018: Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato visited Auckland and Wellington in March for bilateral calls

News & Events

Papua New Guinea: 2017 Elections

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea national elections will be held in 2017 with polling open from 24 June 2017 until 8 July 2017.

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.