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Value of the environment to the economy

New Zealand’s economic wealth and well-being are reliant on our natural environment. A large proportion of our export income comes from primary products – goods produced from the land, fresh water, or ocean.

For more information on New Zealand economic indicators see Statistics NZ Economic indicators.

In 2013, the combined contribution of agricultural, horticultural, forestry, and seafood products to our exports was nearly 46 percent of the value of all exports. Dairy products are our single biggest export, contributing 20 percent. Tourism contributed just over 8 percent (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, 2013).

Other sectors of the economy, such as energy generation and mineral extraction, also depend on our environment.