The Chatham Islands are an important part of New Zealand’s geography, history and community.

While a number of reports over the last decade have described the significant potential of the Chatham Islands economy, it currently faces constraints associated with a small population, distance from markets and underdeveloped infrastructure. Significant strategic, coordinated investment by central government, local government and other stakeholders will be required to develop an economy that is sustainable in the long term, and affords the people of the Chatham Islands a comparable standard of living to the rest of New Zealand.

This report is a repository of information that can inform policy or investment decisions that impact on the Chatham Islands. It provides an evidence base, characterising the Chatham Islands economy and its people. It is an update, where new data is available, of the economic profile Martin Jenkins presented in its 2014 report.