Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (New Zealand)

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Manatū Aorere
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Agency overview
Jurisdiction New Zealand
Headquarters 195 Lambton Quay,
41°17′02″S 174°46′32″E / 41.283882°S 174.775604°E / -41.283882; 174.775604
Annual budget Total budgets for 2014/15[1]
Vote Foreign Affairs and Trade
Vote Official Development Assistance
Ministers responsible Hon Murray McCully
- Minister of Foreign Affairs
Hon Tim Groser
- Minister of Trade
Hon Todd McClay
- Associate Minister of
Foreign Affairs
- Associate Minister of Trade
Agency executive Vacant
- Secretary / Chief Executive[2]

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) (Māori: Manatū Aorere) is the public service department of New Zealand charged with advising the government on foreign and trade policy, and promoting New Zealand's interests in trade and international relations.


The ministry represents New Zealand interests to other governments, including at the United Nations, APEC and the WTO. It takes an active role in the Asia-Pacific region, and has been involved in regional security initiatives such as the RAMSI intervention in the Solomon Islands, and negotiating and implementing a peace agreement in Bougainville. It is active in developing export opportunities for local companies, and in 2008 negotiated a free trade agreement with China.

It used to sponsor the Centre for Strategic Studies New Zealand in conjunction with other NZ Government ministries, though the Centre is now part of Victoria University of Wellington.

The Ministry acts in a supervisory capacity (shared with the Ministry of Economic Development) for the delivery agency known as New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.


The New Zealand overseas development aid agency New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID) was a semi-autonomous agency within the ministry, until it was brought back into the ministry as the International Development Group (IDG). It is a major provider of aid to the Pacific.

Organisational structure[edit]

The Ministry has 653 staff based in Wellington and 661 staff overseas, with consulates and embassies in 53 posts worldwide.

Secretaries of Foreign Affairs and Trade[edit]

See also[edit]


Further reading[edit]

  • An eye, an ear and a voice: 50 years in New Zealand’s external relations edited by Malcolm Templeton (1993, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington NZ) ISBN 0-477-03725-9
  • Undiplomatic Dialogue: Letters between Carl Berendsen and Alister McIntosh 1943-1952 edited by Ian McGibbon (1993, Auckland University Press, Auckland NZ) ISBN 1-86940-095-X
  • Unofficial Channels: Letters between Alister McIntosh and Foss Shanahan, George Laking and Frank Corner 1946-1966 edited by Ian McGibbon (1999, Victoria University Press, Wellington NZ) ISBN 0-86473-365-8

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