The different layers of this graph show how New Zealand's trade with the South Pacific has changed over the 20th century. Total imports peaked during the First World War, rose again slightly during the Second World War, then declined to their lowest-ever level by 2005. Exports remained roughly steady until the mid-1960s, peaked 10 years later, and by 2005 stood at roughly 10 times the level of imports. The graph also shows the changing levels of the two main imports – phosphate and sugar.
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Source: Statistics New Zealand