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New Zealand map 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. ...READ MORE.

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
Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
National Agricultural Statistics Service for the United States
USDA Economics, Statistics and Resources
World Agricultural Outlook Board

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