8 reasons to be mates
Trans-Tasman travel The freedom to live and work across the Tasman is viewed as a long held right by Kiwis but in reality it has remained in place largely at the discretion of successive Australian governments. When the chips are down Australia has already extended an offer of help to fight the Christchurch fires. Australians were there for us during the city’s earthquakes and helped carry Kiwis home after the Bali bombings. CER The closer economic relationship agreement deal in force since 1983 is widely acknowledged as the gold standard of free trade agreements. Total trade with Australia in goods and services has reached $24 billion a year. We’ve both got a lot riding on each other’s success Australians have $110 billion invested in New Zealand, and 51 per cent of foreign direct investment here comes from Australia. It is also New Zealand’s top investment destination. Total investment in each others countries is $169 billion. Tourism There are 13000 flights across the Tasman bearing 1.3 million Australian tourists to New Zealand each year - 43 per cent of our total visitor market. In fact, five times more Australians visit New Zealand each year than Americans. Australians are not stingy either. They spend $2.2 b while here. We’re family Hundreds of thousands of Kiwis have made Australia home - 2.4 per cent of Australia’s resident population was born in New Zealand, in fact. But it’s not all one way traffic - 1.7 per cent of New Zealand’s resident population is Australian. And while we are fierce rivals on the sportsfield, more often than not our shared values and world outlook means we speak with one voice at international forums. They’ve got our back The Australians have complained for years about New Zealand being defence bludgers and no one can quibble that Australia shoulders the lions share of the burden for defence of the region. A shared history Anzac Day just wouldn’t be same without the capital A. And the Anzac spirit carried on after World War II: our soldiers have worked alongside each other in theatres from East Timor to Iraq.