Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (New Zealand)

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Manatū Aorere
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Logo of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Agency overview
Jurisdiction Promoting New Zealand’s interests in trade and international relations
Headquarters 195 Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand
41°17′02″S 174°46′32″E / 41.283882°S 174.775604°E / -41.283882; 174.775604
Ministers responsible Murray McCully, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Tim Groser, Minister for Trade
John Key, Prime Minister
Agency executive John Allen[1], Chief Executive
Child agency New Zealand Agency for International Development

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) (in Māori: Manatū Aorere) is the New Zealand Government ministry responsible for promoting New Zealand's interests in trade and international relations.


It is responsible to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Murray McCully, as well as the Minister for Trade, Tim Groser and Prime Minister John Key. It provides advice to the New Zealand Government on international issues.

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]

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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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