Story: Economy

Destination and type of merchandise exports by value, 1965 and 1985

Destination and type of merchandise exports by value, 1965 and 1985

These two graphs show the extent of diversification in exports in the years following the fall in wool prices and Britain’s entry into the European Common Market. The first graph shows the dramatic fall in the proportion of exports going to the United Kingdom over those years and the rise in exports not only to Pacific rim countries but also to other places. The second graph, slightly less dramatic, shows how the percentage of earnings of New Zealand’s merchandise exports which derived from the traditional bulk agricultural products fell, to be replaced by fruit, fish and manufactures (which comprise much of the ‘other’ category).

About this item

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

Source: New Zealand Official Yearbook 1966, 1986–87

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Brian Easton, 'Economy - The European economy: a history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/graph/3744/destination-and-type-of-merchandise-exports-by-value-1965-and-1985 (accessed 26 July 2017)

Story by Brian Easton, updated 16 Sep 2016