Story: Economic history

Composition of exports by value

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After the gold boom of the 1860s there was a long period until about 1970 when the composition of New Zealand’s exports did not change dramatically. Wool, meat and dairy products comprised over three-quarters of the country’s exports by value. There was then a quite striking diversification of exports as forestry, fishing, horticulture and manufactured products began to account for a growing proportion of New Zealand’s export value.

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Brian Easton, 'Economic history - External diversification after 1966', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2023)

Story by Brian Easton, published 11 Mar 2010