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New Zealand

Ranked 13 of 26 for comprehensive power, with an overall score of 17.8 out of 100.

Lost 1.2 points (−6% change) in overall score in 2021.


New Zealand is a middle power in Asia.

The country’s overall score declined by 1.2 points compared to 2020.

New Zealand performs best in the resilience and defence networks measures, where it places 6th for both. Its lowest ranking, in 18th place, occurs in the future resources measure.

In 2021, New Zealand saw its greatest improvement in its economic capability and future resources, where it moved up one place for both. However, it has also slipped by one place in the economic relationships measure, where New Zealand was surpassed by Indonesia.

New Zealand exerts more influence in the region than expected given its available resources, as indicated by the country’s positive power gap score. While New Zealand is a net overachiever in Asia, its positive power gap deteriorated in 2021.

Read more analysis in the Key Findings report . Explore further results in the Scores section.

Bilateral Influence

Bilateral trade, current dollars (2020)

Countries that influence New Zealand

Globally, which countries does New Zealand do most of its trade with?

China 24.2%

Australia 12.7%

European Union 11.5%

United States 11.2%

Japan 6.0%

Countries influenced by New Zealand

Which countries in the region rely most on trade with New Zealand?

Australia 2.6%

Papua New Guinea 1.2%

Sri Lanka 1.0%

Thailand 0.4%

Singapore 0.4%