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  • Introduction :: New Zealand
  • Background field listing
    The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand sometime between A.D. 1250 and 1300. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. That same year, the British began the first organized colonial settlement. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples. The British colony of New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907 and supported the UK militarily in both world wars. New Zealand's full participation in a number of defense alliances lapsed by the 1980s. In recent years, the government has sought to address longstanding Maori grievances.
  • Geography :: New Zealand
  • Location field listing
    Oceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Australia
    Geographic coordinates field listing
    41 00 S, 174 00 E
    Map references field listing
    Oceania
    Area field listing
    total: 268,838 sq km
    land: 264,537 sq km
    water: 4,301 sq km

    note: includes Antipodes Islands, Auckland Islands, Bounty Islands, Campbell Island, Chatham Islands, and Kermadec Islands

    country comparison to the world: 77
    Area - comparative field listing
    almost twice the size of North Carolina; about the size of Colorado
    Area comparison map: Area comparison map
    Land boundaries field listing
    0 km
    Coastline field listing
    15,134 km
    Maritime claims field listing
    territorial sea: 12 nm
    exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
    contiguous zone: 24 nm
    continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
    Climate field listing
    temperate with sharp regional contrasts
    Terrain field listing
    predominately mountainous with large coastal plains
    Elevation field listing
    mean elevation: 388 m
    elevation extremes: 0 m lowest point: Pacific Ocean
    3724 highest point: Aoraki-Mount Cook
    Natural resources field listing
    natural gas, iron ore, sand, coal, timber, hydropower, gold, limestone
    Land use field listing
    agricultural land: 43.2% (2011 est.)
    arable land: 1.8% (2011 est.) / permanent crops: 0.3% (2011 est.) / permanent pasture: 41.1% (2011 est.)
    forest: 31.4% (2011 est.)
    other: 25.4% (2011 est.)
    Irrigated land field listing
    7,210 sq km (2012)
    Population distribution field listing
    over three-quarters of New Zealanders, including the indigenous Maori, live on the North Island, primarily in urban areas
    Natural hazards field listing

    earthquakes are common, though usually not severe; volcanic activity

    volcanism: significant volcanism on North Island; Ruapehu (2,797 m), which last erupted in 2007, has a history of large eruptions in the past century; Taranaki has the potential to produce dangerous avalanches and lahars; other historically active volcanoes include Okataina, Raoul Island, Tongariro, and White Island; see note 2 under "Geography - note"

    Environment - current issues field listing
    water quality and availability; rapid urbanisation; deforestation; soil erosion; native flora and fauna hard-hit by invasive species
    Environment - international agreements field listing
    party to: Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Antarctic-Marine Living Resources, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands, Whaling
    signed, but not ratified: Antarctic Seals, Marine Life Conservation
    Geography - note field listing

    note: consists of two main islands and a number of smaller islands; South Island, the larger main island, is the 12th largest island in the world and is divided along its length by the Southern Alps; North Island is the 14th largest island in the world and is not as mountainous, but it is marked by volcanism

    note: New Zealand lies along the Ring of Fire, a belt of active volcanoes and earthquake epicenters bordering the Pacific Ocean; up to 90% of the world's earthquakes and some 75% of the world's volcanoes occur within the Ring of Fire

    note: almost 90% of the population lives in cities and over three-quarters on North Island; Wellington is the southernmost national capital in the world

  • People and Society :: New Zealand
  • Population field listing
    4,545,627 (July 2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 126
    Nationality field listing
    noun: New Zealander(s)
    adjective: New Zealand
    Ethnic groups field listing
    European 71.2%, Maori 14.1%, Asian 11.3%, Pacific peoples 7.6%, Middle Eastern, Latin American, African 1.1%, other 1.6%, not stated or unidentified 5.4% (2013 est.)

    note: based on the 2013 census of the usually resident population; percentages add up to more than 100% because respondents were able to identify more than one ethnic group

    Languages field listing
    English (de facto official) 89.8%, Maori (de jure official) 3.5%, Samoan 2%, Hindi 1.6%, French 1.2%, Northern Chinese 1.2%, Yue 1%, other or not stated 20.5%, New Zealand Sign Language (de jure official) (2013 est.)

    note: shares sum to 120.8% due to multiple responses on census

    Religions field listing
    Christian 44.3% (Catholic 11.6%, Anglican 10.8%, Presbyterian and Congregational 7.8%, Methodist, 2.4%, Pentecostal 1.8%, other 9.9%), Hindu 2.1%, Buddhist 1.4%, Maori Christian 1.3%, Islam 1.1%, other religion 1.4% (includes Judaism, Spiritualism and New Age religions, Baha'i, Asian religions other than Buddhism), no religion 38.5%, not stated or unidentified 8.2%, objected to answering 4.1% (2013 est.)

    note: based on the 2013 census of the usually resident population; percentages add up to more than 100% because respondents were able to identify more than one religion

    Age structure field listing
    0-14 years: 19.62% (male 457,071 /female 434,789)
    15-24 years: 13.16% (male 307,574 /female 290,771)
    25-54 years: 39.58% (male 902,909 /female 896,398)
    55-64 years: 12.06% (male 266,855 /female 281,507)
    65 years and over: 15.57% (male 327,052 /female 380,701) (2018 est.)
    population pyramid: population pyramid
    Dependency ratios field listing
    total dependency ratio: 52.9 (2015 est.)
    youth dependency ratio: 30.5 (2015 est.)
    elderly dependency ratio: 22.4 (2015 est.)
    potential support ratio: 4.5 (2015 est.)
    Median age field listing
    total: 38.1 years
    male: 37.2 years
    female: 39 years (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 62
    Population growth rate field listing
    0.77% (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 133
    Birth rate field listing
    13.1 births/1,000 population (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 145
    Death rate field listing
    7.6 deaths/1,000 population (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 106
    Net migration rate field listing
    2.2 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 45
    Population distribution field listing
    over three-quarters of New Zealanders, including the indigenous Maori, live on the North Island, primarily in urban areas
    Urbanization field listing
    urban population: 86.5% of total population (2018)
    rate of urbanization: 1.01% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)
    Major urban areas - population field listing
    1.557 million Auckland, 411,000 WELLINGTON (capital) (2018)
    Sex ratio field listing
    at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female (2017 est.)
    0-14 years: 1.05 male(s)/female (2017 est.)
    15-24 years: 1.06 male(s)/female (2017 est.)
    25-54 years: 1 male(s)/female (2017 est.)
    55-64 years: 0.95 male(s)/female (2017 est.)
    65 years and over: 0.86 male(s)/female (2017 est.)
    total population: 0.99 male(s)/female (2017 est.)
    Mother's mean age at first birth field listing
    27.8 years (2009 est.)

    note: median age at first birth

    Maternal mortality rate field listing
    11 deaths/100,000 live births (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 146
    Infant mortality rate field listing
    total: 4.4 deaths/1,000 live births (2018 est.)
    male: 4.9 deaths/1,000 live births (2018 est.)
    female: 3.8 deaths/1,000 live births (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 183
    Life expectancy at birth field listing
    total population: 81.4 years (2018 est.)
    male: 79.2 years (2018 est.)
    female: 83.6 years (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 30
    Total fertility rate field listing
    2.01 children born/woman (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 116
    Health expenditures field listing
    11% of GDP (2014)
    country comparison to the world: 14
    Physicians density field listing
    3.06 physicians/1,000 population (2015)
    Hospital bed density field listing
    2.8 beds/1,000 population (2013)
    Drinking water source field listing
    improved: urban: 100% of population (2015 est.)
    rural: 100% of population (2015 est.)
    total: 100% of population (2015 est.)
    unimproved: urban: 0% of population (2015 est.)
    rural: 0% of population (2015 est.)
    total: 0% of population (2015 est.)
    HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate field listing
    0.1% (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 114
    HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS field listing
    3,700 (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 119
    HIV/AIDS - deaths field listing
    <100 (2017 est.)
    Obesity - adult prevalence rate field listing
    30.8% (2016)
    country comparison to the world: 22
    Education expenditures field listing
    6.3% of GDP (2015)
    country comparison to the world: 29
    School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education) field listing
    total: 19 years (2014)
    male: 18 years (2014)
    female: 20 years (2014)
    Unemployment, youth ages 15-24 field listing
    total: 12.7% (2017 est.)
    male: 12.4% (2017 est.)
    female: 13% (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 104
  • Government :: New Zealand
  • Country name field listing
    conventional long form: none
    conventional short form: New Zealand
    abbreviation: NZ
    etymology: Dutch explorer Abel TASMAN was the first European to reach New Zealand in 1642; he named it Staten Landt, but Dutch cartographers renamed it Nova Zeelandia in 1645 after the Dutch province of Zeeland; British explorer Captain James COOK subsequently anglicized the name to New Zealand when he mapped the islands in 1769
    Government type field listing
    parliamentary democracy (New Zealand Parliament) under a constitutional monarchy; a Commonwealth realm
    Capital field listing
    name: Wellington
    geographic coordinates: 41 18 S, 174 47 E
    time difference: UTC+12 (17 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
    daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in September; ends first Sunday in April

    note: New Zealand has two time zones: New Zealand standard time (UTC+12) and Chatham Islands time (45 minutes in advance of New Zealand standard time; UTC+12:45)

    Administrative divisions field listing
    16 regions and 1 territory*; Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Canterbury, Chatham Islands*, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Manawatu-Wanganui, Marlborough, Nelson, Northland, Otago, Southland, Taranaki, Tasman, Waikato, Wellington, West Coast
    Dependent areas field listing
    Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau
    Independence field listing
    26 September 1907 (from the UK)
    National holiday field listing
    Waitangi Day (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty over New Zealand), 6 February (1840)Anzac Day (commemorated as the anniversary of the landing of troops of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during World War I at Gallipoli, Turkey), 25 April (1915)
    Constitution field listing
    history: New Zealand has no single constitution document; the Constitution Act 1986, effective 1 January 1987, includes only part of the uncodified constitution; others include a collection of statutes or "acts of Parliament," the Treaty of Waitangi, Orders in Council, letters patent, court decisions, and unwritten conventions (2018)
    amendments: proposed as bills by Parliament or by referenda called either by the government or by citizens; passage of a bill as an act normally requires two separate readings with committee reviews in between to make changes and corrections, a third reading approved by the House of Representatives membership or by the majority of votes in a referendum, and assent to by the governor-general; passage of amendments to reserved constitutional provisions affecting the term of Parliament, electoral districts, and voting restrictions requires approval by 75 percent of the House membership or the majority of votes in a referendum; amended many times, last in 2014 (2018)
    International law organization participation field listing
    accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction with reservations; accepts ICCt jurisdiction
    Citizenship field listing
    citizenship by birth: no
    citizenship by descent only: at least one parent must be a citizen of New Zealand
    dual citizenship recognized: yes
    residency requirement for naturalization: 3 years
    Suffrage field listing
    18 years of age; universal
    Executive branch field listing
    chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor General Dame Patricia Lee REDDY (since 28 September 2016)
    head of government: Prime Minister Jacinda ARDERN (since 26 October 2017); Deputy Prime Minister Winston PETERS (since 26 October 2017)
    cabinet: Executive Council appointed by the governor general on the recommendation of the prime minister
    elections/appointments: the monarchy is hereditary; governor general appointed by the monarch on the advice of the prime minister; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or majority coalition usually appointed prime minister by the governor general; deputy prime minister appointed by the governor general; note - Prime Minister ARDERN heads up a minority coalition government consisting of the Labor and New Zealand First parties with support from the Green Party
    Legislative branch field listing
    description: unicameral House of Representatives - commonly called Parliament (usually 120 seats; 71 members directly elected in single-seat constituencies, including 7 Maori constituencies, by simple majority vote and 49 directly elected by proportional representation vote; members serve 3-year terms)
    elections: last held on 23 September 2017 (next to be held by November 2020)
    election results: percent of vote by party - National Party 44.5%, Labor Party 36.9%, NZ First 7.2%, Green Party 6.3%, ACT Party 0.5%; seats by party - National Party 56, Labor Party 46, NZ First 9, Green Party 8, ACT Party 1
    Judicial branch field listing
    highest courts: Supreme Court (consists of 5 justices including the chief justice); note - the Supreme Court in 2004 replaced the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (in London) as the final appeals court
    judge selection and term of office: justices appointed by the governor-general on the recommendation of the attorney-general; justices appointed for life with compulsory retirement at age 70
    subordinate courts: Court of Appeal; High Court; tribunals and authorities; district courts; specialized courts for issues related to employment, environment, Maori lands, and military
    Political parties and leaders field listing
    ACT New Zealand [David SEYMOUR]
    Green Party [James SHAW]
    Mana Movement [Hone HARAWIRA] (formerly Mana Party)
    Maori Party [Che WILSON and Kaapua SMITH]
    New Zealand First Party or NZ First [Winston PETERS]
    New Zealand Labor Party [Jacinda ARDERN]
    New Zealand National Party [Simon BRIDGES]
    United Future New Zealand [Damian LIGHT]
    International organization participation field listing
    ADB, ANZUS, APEC, ARF, ASEAN (dialogue partner), Australia Group, BIS, C, CD, CP, EAS, EBRD, FAO, FATF, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC (national committees), ICCt, ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, IMSO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITSO, ITU, ITUC (NGOs), MIGA, NSG, OECD, OPCW, Pacific Alliance (observer), Paris Club (associate), PCA, PIF, SICA (observer), Sparteca, SPC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNMISS, UNTSO, UPU, WCO, WFTU (NGOs), WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO
    Diplomatic representation in the US field listing
    chief of mission: Ambassador Timothy John GROSER (since 28 January 2016)
    chancery: 37 Observatory Circle NW, Washington, DC 20008
    telephone: [1] (202) 328-4800
    FAX: [1] (202) 667-5227
    consulate(s) general: Honolulu (HI), Los Angeles, New York
    Diplomatic representation from the US field listing
    chief of mission: Ambassador Scott P. BROWN (since 27 June 2017) note - also accredited to Samoa
    embassy: 29 Fitzherbert Terrace, Thorndon, Wellington
    mailing address: P. O. Box 1190, Wellington; PSC 467, Box 1, APO AP 96531-1034
    telephone: [64] (4) 462-6000
    FAX: [64] (4) 499-0490
    consulate(s) general: Auckland
    Flag description field listing
    blue with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant with four red five-pointed stars edged in white centered in the outer half of the flag; the stars represent the Southern Cross constellation
    National symbol(s) field listing
    Southern Cross constellation (four, five-pointed stars), kiwi (bird), silver fern; national colors: black, white, red (ochre)
    National anthem field listing
    name: God Defend New Zealand
    lyrics/music: Thomas BRACKEN [English], Thomas Henry SMITH [Maori]/John Joseph WOODS

    note: adopted 1940 as national song, adopted 1977 as co-national anthem; New Zealand has two national anthems with equal status; as a commonwealth realm, in addition to "God Defend New Zealand," "God Save the Queen" serves as a national anthem (see United Kingdom); "God Save the Queen" normally played only when a member of the royal family or the governor-general is present; in all other cases, "God Defend New Zealand" is played

  • Economy :: New Zealand
  • Economy - overview field listing

    Over the past 40 years, the government has transformed New Zealand from an agrarian economy, dependent on concessionary British market access, to a more industrialized, free market economy that can compete globally. This dynamic growth has boosted real incomes, but left behind some at the bottom of the ladder and broadened and deepened the technological capabilities of the industrial sector.

    Per capita income rose for 10 consecutive years until 2007 in purchasing power parity terms, but fell in 2008-09. Debt-driven consumer spending drove robust growth in the first half of the decade, fueling a large balance of payments deficit that posed a challenge for policymakers. Inflationary pressures caused the central bank to raise its key rate steadily from January 2004 until it was among the highest in the OECD in 2007 and 2008. The higher rate attracted international capital inflows, which strengthened the currency and housing market while aggravating the current account deficit. Rising house prices, especially in Auckland, have become a political issue in recent years, as well as a policy challenge in 2016 and 2017, as the ability to afford housing has declined for many.

    Expanding New Zealand’s network of free trade agreements remains a top foreign policy priority. New Zealand was an early promoter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and was the second country to ratify the agreement in May 2017. Following the United States’ withdrawal from the TPP in January 2017, on 10 November 2017 the remaining 11 countries agreed on the core elements of a modified agreement, which they renamed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). In November 2016, New Zealand opened negotiations to upgrade its FTA with China; China is one of New Zealand’s most important trading partners.

    GDP (purchasing power parity) field listing
    $189 billion (2017 est.)
    $183.4 billion (2016 est.)
    $176.1 billion (2015 est.)

    note: data are in 2017 dollars

    country comparison to the world: 68
    GDP (official exchange rate) field listing
    $201.4 billion (2017 est.) (2017 est.)
    GDP - real growth rate field listing
    3% (2017 est.)
    4.1% (2016 est.)
    4.2% (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 114
    GDP - per capita (PPP) field listing
    $39,000 (2017 est.)
    $38,600 (2016 est.)
    $37,900 (2015 est.)

    note: data are in 2017 dollars

    country comparison to the world: 48
    Gross national saving field listing
    21% of GDP (2017 est.)
    21.5% of GDP (2016 est.)
    20.2% of GDP (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 89
    GDP - composition, by end use field listing
    household consumption: 57.2% (2017 est.)
    government consumption: 18.2% (2017 est.)
    investment in fixed capital: 23.4% (2017 est.)
    investment in inventories: 0.3% (2017 est.)
    exports of goods and services: 27% (2017 est.)
    imports of goods and services: -26.1% (2017 est.)
    GDP - composition, by sector of origin field listing
    agriculture: 5.7% (2017 est.)
    industry: 21.5% (2017 est.)
    services: 72.8% (2017 est.)
    Agriculture - products field listing
    dairy products, sheep, beef, poultry, fruit, vegetables, wine, seafood, wheat and barley
    Industries field listing
    agriculture, forestry, fishing, logs and wood articles, manufacturing, mining, construction, financial services, real estate services, tourism
    Industrial production growth rate field listing
    1.8% (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 137
    Labor force field listing
    2.655 million (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 113
    Labor force - by occupation field listing
    agriculture: 72.7% (2017 est.)
    industry: 20.7% (2017 est.)
    services: 72.7% (2017 est.)
    Unemployment rate field listing
    4.7% (2017 est.)
    5.1% (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 68
    Population below poverty line field listing
    NA
    Household income or consumption by percentage share field listing
    lowest 10%: NA
    highest 10%: NA
    Distribution of family income - Gini index field listing
    36.2 (1997)
    country comparison to the world: 89
    Budget field listing
    revenues: 74.11 billion (2017 est.)
    expenditures: 70.97 billion (2017 est.)
    Taxes and other revenues field listing
    36.8% (of GDP) (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 56
    Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-) field listing
    1.6% (of GDP) (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 21
    Public debt field listing
    31.7% of GDP (2017 est.)
    33.5% of GDP (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 162
    Fiscal year field listing
    1 April - 31 March

    note: this is the fiscal year for tax purposes

    Inflation rate (consumer prices) field listing
    1.9% (2017 est.)
    0.6% (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 98
    Central bank discount rate field listing
    1.75% (31 December 2017)
    1.75% (31 December 2016)
    country comparison to the world: 124
    Commercial bank prime lending rate field listing
    5.1% (31 December 2017 est.)
    5.02% (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 149
    Stock of narrow money field listing
    $46.52 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $42.01 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 55
    Stock of broad money field listing
    $46.52 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $42.01 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 55
    Stock of domestic credit field listing
    $304.2 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $284.7 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 36
    Market value of publicly traded shares field listing
    $80.05 billion (31 December 2015 est.)
    $74.35 billion (31 December 2015 est.)
    $74.42 billion (31 December 2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 46
    Current account balance field listing
    -$5.471 billion (2017 est.)
    -$4.171 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 186
    Exports field listing
    $37.35 billion (2017 est.)
    $33.61 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 58
    Exports - commodities field listing
    dairy products, meat and edible offal, logs and wood articles, fruit, crude oil, wine
    Exports - partners field listing
    China 22.4%, Australia 16.4%, US 9.9%, Japan 6.1% (2017)
    Imports field listing
    $38.74 billion (2017 est.)
    $35.53 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 61
    Imports - commodities field listing
    petroleum and products, mechanical machinery, vehicles and parts, electrical machinery, textiles
    Reserves of foreign exchange and gold field listing
    $20.68 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $17.81 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 58
    Imports - partners field listing
    China 19%, Australia 12.1%, US 10.5%, Japan 7.3%, Germany 5.3%, Thailand 4.6% (2017)
    Debt - external field listing
    $91.62 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $84.03 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 51
    Stock of direct foreign investment - at home field listing
    $84.19 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $70.4 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 48
    Stock of direct foreign investment - abroad field listing
    $16.74 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    $18.03 billion (31 December 2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 58
    Exchange rates field listing
    New Zealand dollars (NZD) per US dollar -
    1.416 (2017 est.)
    1.4341 (2016 est.)
    1.4341 (2015 est.)
    1.4279 (2014 est.)
    1.2039 (2013 est.)
  • Energy :: New Zealand
  • Electricity access field listing
    electrification - total population: 100% (2016)
    Electricity - production field listing
    43.05 billion kWh (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 57
    Electricity - consumption field listing
    38.75 billion kWh (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 56
    Electricity - exports field listing
    0 kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 175
    Electricity - imports field listing
    0 kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 177
    Electricity - installed generating capacity field listing
    9.281 million kW (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 64
    Electricity - from fossil fuels field listing
    23.8% of total installed capacity (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 187
    Electricity - from nuclear fuels field listing
    0% of total installed capacity (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 154
    Electricity - from hydroelectric plants field listing
    57.8% of total installed capacity (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 32
    Electricity - from other renewable sources field listing
    18.4% of total installed capacity (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 30
    Crude oil - production field listing
    34,730 bbl/day (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 59
    Crude oil - exports field listing
    30,560 bbl/day (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 48
    Crude oil - imports field listing
    109,200 bbl/day (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 42
    Crude oil - proved reserves field listing
    56.9 million bbl (1 January 2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 79
    Refined petroleum products - production field listing
    117,100 bbl/day (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 63
    Refined petroleum products - consumption field listing
    167,700 bbl/day (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 62
    Refined petroleum products - exports field listing
    3,863 bbl/day (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 101
    Refined petroleum products - imports field listing
    54,750 bbl/day (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 77
    Natural gas - production field listing
    4.954 billion cu m (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 50
    Natural gas - consumption field listing
    5.06 billion cu m (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 56
    Natural gas - exports field listing
    0 cu m (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 160
    Natural gas - imports field listing
    0 cu m (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 167
    Natural gas - proved reserves field listing
    35.88 billion cu m (1 January 2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 68
    Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy field listing
    34.66 million Mt (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 72
  • Communications :: New Zealand
  • Telephones - fixed lines field listing
    total subscriptions: 1.368 million (2017 est.)
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 30 (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 66
    Telephones - mobile cellular field listing
    total subscriptions: 6.4 million (2017 est.)
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 142 (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 110
    Telephone system field listing
    general assessment: excellent domestic and international systems (2016)
    domestic: combined fixed-line and mobile-cellular telephone subscribership exceeds 170 per 100 persons (2016)
    international: country code - 64; the Southern Cross submarine cable system provides links to Australia, Fiji, and the US; satellite earth stations - 8 (1 Inmarsat - Pacific Ocean, 7 other) (2016)
    Broadcast media field listing
    state-owned Television New Zealand operates multiple TV networks and state-owned Radio New Zealand operates 3 radio networks and an external shortwave radio service to the South Pacific region; a small number of national commercial TV and radio stations and many regional commercial television and radio stations are available; cable and satellite TV systems are available, as are a range of streaming services, as are a range of streaming services (2018)
    Internet country code field listing
    .nz
    Internet users field listing
    total: 3,958,642 (July 2016 est.)
    percent of population: 88.5% (July 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 88
    Broadband - fixed subscriptions field listing
    total: 1.582 million (2017 est.)
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 35 (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 59
  • Transportation :: New Zealand
  • National air transport system field listing
    number of registered air carriers: 6 (2015)
    inventory of registered aircraft operated by air carriers: 123 (2015)
    annual passenger traffic on registered air carriers: 15,304,409 (2015)
    annual freight traffic on registered air carriers: 999,384,961 mt-km (2015)
    Civil aircraft registration country code prefix field listing
    ZK (2016)
    Airports field listing
    123 (2013)
    country comparison to the world: 48
    Airports - with paved runways field listing
    total: 39 (2017)
    over 3,047 m: 2 (2017)
    2,438 to 3,047 m: 1 (2017)
    1,524 to 2,437 m: 12 (2017)
    914 to 1,523 m: 23 (2017)
    under 914 m: 1 (2017)
    Airports - with unpaved runways field listing
    total: 84 (2013)
    1,524 to 2,437 m: 3 (2013)
    914 to 1,523 m: 33 (2013)
    under 914 m: 48 (2013)
    Pipelines field listing
    331 km condensate, 2500 km gas, 172 km liquid petroleum gas, 288 km oil, 198 km refined products (2018)
    Railways field listing
    total: 4,128 km (2018)
    narrow gauge: 4,128 km 1.067-m gauge (506 km electrified) (2018)
    country comparison to the world: 45
    Roadways field listing
    total: 94,000 km (2017)
    paved: 61,600 km (includes 199 km of expressways) (2017)
    unpaved: 32,400 km (2017)
    country comparison to the world: 52
    Merchant marine field listing
    total: 103 (2017)
    by type: general cargo 16, oil tanker 4, other 83 (2017)
    country comparison to the world: 85
    Ports and terminals field listing
    major seaport(s): Auckland, Lyttelton, Manukau Harbor, Marsden Point, Tauranga, Wellington
  • Military and Security :: New Zealand
  • Military expenditures field listing
    1.1% of GDP (2017)
    1.13% of GDP (2016)
    1.11% of GDP (2015)
    country comparison to the world: 107
    Military branches field listing
    New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF): New Zealand Army, Royal New Zealand Navy, Royal New Zealand Air Force (2018)
    Military service age and obligation field listing
    17 years of age for voluntary military service; soldiers cannot be deployed until the age of 18; no conscription; 3 years of secondary education required; must be a citizen of NZ, the UK, Australia, Canada, or the US, and resident of NZ for the previous 5 years (2018)
  • Transnational Issues :: New Zealand
  • Disputes - international field listing
    asserts a territorial claim in Antarctica (Ross Dependency)
    Illicit drugs field listing
    significant consumer of amphetamines