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The New Zealand China Council NZ China Dashboard provides key statistics about the bilateral relationship:

  • Trade flows between New Zealand and China
  • Imports and exports of key commodities
  • Investment flows between New Zealand and China
  • Education
  • Tourism
  • Chinese language acquisition in New Zealand

The following interactive charts put New Zealand’s relationship with China into perspective against other major partners.

New Zealand's Goods Exports: Top Markets (NZ$b per year)

New Zealand exported over NZ$18 billion worth of goods to China (year to December 2023), over double that of our next biggest export markets the US (NZ$8 billion) and Australia (NZ$7.8 billion).

Source – Stats NZ

New Zealand's Goods Imports: Top Sources (NZ$b per year)

China remains our largest source of imported goods, at over NZ$16b (year to December 2023), followed by Australia (NZ$8.4 billion), USA (NZ$7.6 billion), South Korea and Japan.

Source – Stats NZ

New Zealand's Share of China's Goods Imports: Top 10 (2023)

NZ supplies more than half the dairy products that China imports from the world. New Zealand also supplies a significant amount of the wood, meat and fruit that China imports.

Source – Global Trade Atlas

China's Share of New Zealand's Goods Imports: Top 10 (2023)

Many of the goods that New Zealand imports are supplied primarily by China, such as clothing, toys and games and furniture.

Source – Global Trade Atlas

Foreign Investment in New Zealand (Stock of FDI, NZ$m)

Foreign investment from China, including Hong Kong reached $9.2b (year to March 2023).  This is well below our largest investor, Australia (at $78b), and is relatively low considering the size of the trade relationship, people to people links and other connections.

Source – Stats NZ

International Fee Paying Students in New Zealand

There were over 12,000 fee-paying students from China studying in New Zealand secondary and tertiary institutions in 2022. China thus remains the largest source of students, followed by India (3,700), Japan, South Korea and Viet Nam.

Source – https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/statistics/international-students-in-new-zealand

Visitor Numbers to New Zealand: Top Sources

Prior to COVID (2019) China was New Zealand’s second largest source of visitors behind Australia. In January 2024 it ranked 3rd with 158,000 visitors (Australia 505,000, US 317,000).  But further market recovery is expected now that borders have re-opened.

Source – Stats NZ

NZ Secondary Students Learning a Foreign Language

The number of secondary level students learning Chinese in New Zealand has increased slightly in 2023 but remains below the number studying French, Japanese and Spanish.

Source – https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/statistics/subject-enrolment

NZ Primary Students Learning a Foreign Language

There has been a big increase in the number of primary level students learning Chinese in New Zealand in recent years, with nearly 65,000 primary students currently studying Chinese.

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