I visited New Zealand House for a meeting with Sir Jerry Mateparae, the New Zealand High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. We discussed the economic, social and political relations between the two countries and focused in particular on trade.
New Zealand’s current trade with the UK represents about a third of its trade with the EU as a whole. In the year to September 2018 New Zealand imported £1.41bn in goods and services from the UK, while it sent £1.54bn of trade to the UK. On her recent visit to the UK, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden, spoke about her desire to strengthen trade relations with the UK. In my discussion with the High Commissioner we talked about the role agricultural products could play in increasing trade.