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General New Zealand Statistics

New Zealand Population

Resident population of New Zealand:

Main Urban Area

Auckland

Hamilton

Napier / Hastings

Wellington

Christchurch

Dunedin

Remaining main urban areas

Total, 16 main urban areas

Remaining areas

Total resident population

 

1,413,700

218,800

128,800

393,600

375,200

116,200

605,100

3,251,400

1,219,600

4,471,000

New Zealand Households

New Zealand has about 1.55 million private households. While 36% are families with children, 25% are couple-only households and 24% are single-person households. New Zealand's median age has slowly increased and single-person households have become more common.

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New Zealand Education

Formal education normally begins at age five, though many children enjoy subsidised pre-school education. The schooling system is divided into primary, secondary and tertiary sectors.

New Zealand Tourism

New Zealand lies around 1,600 kilometres from Australia's eastern coast (a three and a half hour flight) and 9,000 to 12,000 kilometres from all Pacific Rim destinations (10 to 16 hours' flight). Auckland has the busiest of the several airports servicing international travellers. Peak travel months are December to February.

New Zealand Justice

New Zealand has an independent judiciary headed by the five-member Supreme Court. There are about 270 judges in New Zealand. Commercial law is increasingly compatible with Australian law.

New Zealand Exports

Principal exports are dairy products, meat, forest products, machinery, fruit and fish. Food processing is the largest manufacturing industry and there are a variety of small, light manufacturingindustries. New Zealand produces coal, oil and natural gas and various metallic and non-metallic minerals. The most renowned non-metallic mineral is pounamu/greenstone, used in jewellery.

International Travel to New Zealand

New Zealand's top 10 visitor source countries are Australia, China, United States of America, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Republic of Korea, Canada, Singapore and India.

New Zealand Energy

New Zealand industry uses energy from a range of sources. Electricity is based on hydroelectric generation supplemented by thermal and geothermal powerplants. There are no nuclear power plants in New Zealand.

The country faces declining hydrocarbon resources. With growing industrial, commercial and domestic demand for energy of all types, alternative energy sources are returning to public interest.

Short-term Visitor Arrivals and NZ Resident Short-term Departure

Arrivals (million)

2.7

Departures

2.2

Top Five Visitor Source Countries

Country of last permanent residence

Australia

China

United States of America

United Kingdom

Japan

Visitors

1,350,032

231,120

196,880

190,816

75,052

Merchandise Trade Exports - Top 10 Destinations

In million $.

Country

People's Republic of China

Australia

United States of America

Japan

Republic of Korea

United Kingdom

Singapore

Malaysia

Indonesia

Taiwan

Value

9,965

9,125

4,071

2,829

1,633

1,397

1,021

911

886

883

Exports of Main Commodities

In million $.

Commodity

Milk powder, butter and cheese

Meat and edible offal

Logs, wood and wood articles

Crude oil

Mechanical machinery and equipment

Beverages

Fruits and nuts

Fish

Aluminoids, starches and glues

Electrical machinery and equipment

Cereal preparations

Value

13,590

5,276

3,858

1,727

1,527

1,491

1,483

1,327

1,253

782

740

Exports of Services

In million $.

Service

Transportation

Travel

Communications services

Computer and information services

Royalties and licence fees

Other services

Total services

Value

2,234

6,972

296

170

159

948

11,057

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