Australia and New Zealand – Sports Diplomacy

Australia and New Zealand – Sports Diplomacy

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Sport is a global language. Fair play, team
work and competition helps build trust and brings people and countries closer.
Australia and New Zealand are great friends and we’re great sporting rivals too, playing
the finals of the recent Cricket and Netball World Cups.
Off the field, Aussies and kiwis have built relations across the board; our trade and
investment figures speak for themselves, In 2014, Australian goods and services exports
to New Zealand were worth $12.1 billion dollars And Australia’s imports from New Zealand
were worth $11.3 billion dollars. Australian investment in New Zealand was valued
at almost $99.9 billion dollars. While New Zealand investment in Australia
was valued at more than $38.5 billion dollars. More than 1.3 million New Zealanders visit
Australia each year. That’s more visitors than from any other country.
There are around 65,000 Australians currently living in New Zealand, while around 647,000
New Zealanders call Australia home. So here we are, with Australia the Cricket
and Netball World champions, who’s going to bring home the rugby world cup?
We’ll compete, we’ll play hard and we’ll play fair. But no matter the result, the bonds
that our two countries have forged will be as strong as ever, both on and off the field.

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