New Zealand spent almost 35 million US dollars on imports from the Pacific during the first nine months of 2006.
The Pacific Islands Trade and Investment Commission has just released its total New Zealand import figures from the Pacific for the period.
From January to September, the top five countries in order were Fiji, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia and Samoa.
Imports from Fiji were valued at almost 20 million US dollars.
Imports worth just over 6 million US dollars came from Tonga and three and a half million dollars worth came from Papua New Guinea.
New Zealand spent more than 3 million dollars on imports from French Polynesia and just over one million on goods from Samoa