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New Zealand China Council
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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 ($b per year)

New Zealand exports $20 billion worth of goods to China (year to December 2021), over double that of our next biggest export market, Australia.

Source – Stats NZ

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

China is our largest source of imports, at nearly $17b (year to December 2021), followed by Australia, USA, Japan and Germany.

Source – Stats NZ

NZ's Share of China's Goods Imports: Top 10 (2021)

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 (2021)

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 NZ (Stock of FDI, $m)

Foreign investment from China, including Hong Kong reached $11.5b (year to March 2021).  This is well below our largest investor, Australia (at $66b), 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 NZ

There were over 21,000 fee paying students from China studying in New Zealand in 2020.  This makes China the largest source of students, followed by India, Japan and Korea.

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

Visitor Numbers to New Zealand: Top Markets

Border closures and limited spaces in MIQ facilities mean that international tourism has been severely impacted.

Source – Stats NZ

NZ Secondary Students Learning a Foreign Language

The number of secondary level students learning Chinese in New Zealand is growing slowly, but is still well below the number that study French, Japanese or Spanish. 

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

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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