New Zealand

General Overview

Population:

4,500,000 (2012 est.)

GDP (purchasing power parity):

US $140,396 million (2012 est.)

GDP per capita (PPP):

US $31,337 (2012 est.)

GDP (real growth rate):

1% (2012 est.)

Industries:

  • Dairy products
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Wheat

Imports:

US $38.3 billion (2012 est.)

Import commodities:

  • Machinery and electrical equipment
  • Mineral fuels
  • Transport equipment

Exports:

US $37.3 billion (2012 est.)

Export commodities:

  • Dairy products
  • Meat products
  • Forestry products

Alberta's exports to New Zealand:

CDN $60 million (2012)

Alberta's main exports to New Zealand:

  • Machinery
  • Wood pulp
  • Fertilizer
  • Meat

Alberta-New Zealand Relations

A summary of Alberta's relationship with New Zealand.

Sector opportunities for Alberta businesses interested in exporting their products

  • Agrifood: Notable Alberta agri-food exports to New Zealand in 2012 included prepared animal feeds, tallow, and canola oil. Alberta’s agri-food imports from New Zealand consist almost entirely of wine and spirits..
  • Education and training: The University of Alberta has an MOU with University of Auckland - both universities are members of the World Universities Network and have research collaborations. From 2008 to 2012, 58 foreign students from New Zealand were issued a permit to study in Alberta.
  • Energy: About 75% of electricity generated in New Zealand comes from renewable sources, the majority of which is from hydro energy. Renewable energy, green technologies and biofuels are of interest to this region. A number of Alberta-based drilling and service companies are currently operating in New Zealand including GLJ Petroleum Consultants Ltd. and McDaniel International Inc.
  • Emerging Opportunities: With a robust economy and similar business practices to Canada, New Zealand has particular interest in Canadian bio-processing, bio-fuels, renewable energy technologies and environmental technologies.