About Tuvalu

Tuvalu is made up of nine inhabited islands with a population of approximately 11,000. It is the fourth-smallest nation in the world.

New Zealand and Tuvalu share a respectful relationship founded upon sovereign equality and a spirit of close friendship. Our engagement centres on climate change, immigration and health challenges, and our cooperation in regional and multilateral fora on common issues.

Find out more about Tuvalu.

Trade

Tuvalu’s main sources of income are from fishing licence fees (48.5% of domestic revenues in the 2017 budget), revenue from the dot tv internet domain (13.7% of domestic revenues in the 2017 budget), and foreign grants. Government budgets can be supplemented by the income earned from the Tuvalu Trust Fund.

Tuvalu’s major trading partners are Fiji, Australia, and New Zealand. Trade in goods between New Zealand and Tuvalu is modest.

A significant source of private income is remittances from Tuvaluans working overseas. Tuvaluans come to New Zealand to work in our horticulture and wine industries under the RSE scheme (external link).

2018 Statistics

Two-way trade NZD$9 million*                                 
Goods exports to Tuvalu NZD$3 million* Services, wood products, petroleum, machinery and equipment
Goods imports from Tuvalu NZD$0 million*  
GDP USD$45 million^  
GDP per capita USD$4,096^ NZ GDP per capita is USD$41,267^

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

Development cooperation

Our 20-year strategy is for a resilient Tuvalu. That means a focus on initiatives that support sustainable economic growth including growing Tuvalu’s sovereign wealth, ensuring Tuvalu’s infrastructure and services are climate resilient and well-managed, and Tuvalu’s population are more skilled and qualified.

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

Embassies

  • New Zealand is represented in Tuvalu through the New Zealand-based High Commissioner, Matt Howell (Acting)
  • Tuvalu is represented in New Zealand by the High Commission of Tuvalu, Wellington

Recent official visits

New Zealand to Tuvalu
  • February 2019: Deputy Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Winston Peters leads Pacific Mission to Tuvalu for signing of Statement of Partnership [PDF, 509 KB]. Other MPs attending included Minister for Pacific Peoples, William Sio, Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni and MPs Poto Williams, Alfred Ngaro and Darroch Ball.
Tuvalu to New Zealand
  • February 2018: Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Enele Sopoaga meets Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rt. Hon. Winston Peters
  • June 2017: Prime Minister Sopoaga meets Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jerry Gerry Brownlee, Minister for Trade, Todd McClay, Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy

 

News & Events

Aviation partnership makes Pacific airways safer

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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.

Measles outbreak in New Zealand

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Pacific
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Find out more about the current outbreak of measles in New Zealand.