New Zealand and United States business ties

As the largest economy on earth, the United States is a key source of commercial partnerships for New Zealand, and we share a long and trusted history of trade and investment for the benefit of both countries. 


Two-way trade between the United States and New Zealand reached NZ$17.8 billion in 2018, including NZ$8.5 billion of New Zealand goods and services exports to US customers. 


The United States is also New Zealand’s third-largest source of imports, and our second-largest destination for investment. 


The United States is an extremely important market for New Zealand businesses in food and beverage (including meat, dairy and wine), manufacturing, and infrastructure. 

It’s also a natural location for New Zealand businesses seeking to take technology of all kinds to the world – from agritech and healthcare to software as a service (SaaS) and other digital products and services. 

Meet our

Trade Commissioners


Hannah Lee-Darboe

New York

Hannah Lee-Darboe is New Zealand’s Trade Commissioner and Consul General in New York, where she is responsible for promoting and facilitating trade opportunities and strategic relationships for New Zealand companies on the United States’ East Coast.

Since joining NZTE in 2013, Hannah has led the design and development of NZTE policy, culture and values and played an important role in launching ‘The Customer Way’, NZTE’s process for partnering with New Zealand exporters. 

Hannah has a background in marketing, strategy and business improvements. She previously held prominent roles at Mizuno, Icebreaker, and Education New Zealand, working in Japan, Europe and New Zealand. 

Hannah is fluent in Japanese and holds a degree in International Law from Kobe University, Japan. 

Contact our offices

Los Angeles

2425 Olympic Blvd Suite 610 East Santa Monica
California 90404 USA +1 310 633 7904 Get in touch

New York

New Zealand Consulate-General 295 Madison Avenue 41st Floor
New York
NY 10017 USA +1 212 832 4038 Get in touch

San Francisco

New Zealand Trade & Enterprise @ We Work Level 14, 535 Mission Street
San Francisco CA, 94105 Get in touch


New Zealand Embassy 37 Observatory Circle NW
Washington DC 20008 USA +1 202 328 4852 Get in touch