Money and Technology

Trading Nations – Numbers With the Click of a Mouse

Seeing what New Zealanders buy and sell internationally has just become easier with Stats NZ’s recently launched New Zealand trade dashboard – a visual and interactive map of the world. Simply click on any country to see how much New Zealand has traded with that country between 2013 and 2018.

“The New Zealand trade dashboard makes exploring our trade ties easier than hunting through tables of data,” international statistics senior manager Peter Dolan said. “The dashboard shows just how far our trade connections go around the world.”

Trading with China

Unsurprisingly, China is our biggest market with the two-way trades worth more than $30 billion at the year ending December 2018. Chances are you will learn something new – we have a 2 way trade with Greenland and even export to Antarctica. You can also compare how trades have changed over the 5 year period clicking 2013 and a single click of the mouse showing the trades in 2018.

Blue indicates a trade surplus and orange a deficit. Countries are also ranked and goods and services are split up. This is an interesting (fun?) tool especially during budget week. Only just launched, there is a button on the top right hand side where you can provide feedback.

“The dashboard is experimental. We hope to get feedback from users about what they like and how it can be improved,” Mr Dolan said. You can check it out HERE.

What do you think of the New Zealand trade dashboard? Will you be using it?

Trading with Antarctica

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