New Zealand (Aotearoa) lies in the southern Pacific Ocean,
1,600 km east of Australia. It is made up of the North and South Islands
and a number of smaller islands, with a total land area of 268,021
sq km. This makes New Zealand similar in size to Great Britain, Japan
and the state of Colorado ...GRAPH.
In July 2002 3.9 million Kiwis (New Zealand people) call this country
home. New Zealand's rugged topography is home to some of the most
unique flora and fauna in the world.
In contrast to the northern hemisphere, January
and February are New Zealand's warmest months with July being the
chilliest. The climate is temperate with average temperatures ranging
from 8°C in July to 17°C in January - but summer temperatures
occasionally reach the 30s in many inland and eastern regions. The
average rainfall varies widely - from less than 400 mm in the central
South Island to over 12,000 mm nearby in the Southern Alps.
New Zealand's economy relies on overseas trade and in recent years
has made great strides in developing its agricultural industries
to suit the needs of high value niche markets. Dairy and meat exports
continue to make a large contribution to New Zealand's economy.
However, industries such as forestry, horticulture, fishing, manufacturing
and tourism have become increasingly significant.
New Zealand Beef Statistics
Primary sources of
agricultural statistics in New Zealand
International Agricultural Statistics
ABARE Economics - Australia
Australian Bureau of Statistics
and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
National Agricultural Statistics
Service for the United States
USDA Economics, Statistics and Resources
Please use the resources in these related sites provided the source