- Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (New Zealand)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
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
Ministers responsible Murray McCully, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Tim Groser, Minister for Trade
John Key, Prime Minister
Agency executive John Allen, Chief Executive Child agency New Zealand Agency for International Development Website http://www.mfat.govt.nz
The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) 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 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. The ministry represents New Zealand interests to other governments, including at the United Nations, APEC and the WTO.
The Ministry has over 600 staff and a budget of $184 million NZD, excluding the aid programme. The ministry is based in Wellington, and has consulates and embassies in 48 overseas posts.
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 NZAID is a semi-autonomous agency within the ministry. It is a major provider of aid to the Pacific.
Secretaries of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Sir Alister McIntosh (1942-1966)
- Sir George Laking (1967-1972)
- Frank Corner (1973-1980)
- Merwyn Norrish (1980-1988)
- Graham Ansell (1989-1993)
- Richard Nottage (1993-1998)
- Neil Walter (1998-2002)
- Simon Murdoch (2002-2009)
- John Allen (2009-present)
- Foreign relations of New Zealand
- New Zealand Agency for International Development
- List of New Zealand diplomatic posts
- List of Ambassadors and High Commissioners to and from New Zealand as of 24 July 2006.
- List of High Commissioners from New Zealand to the United Kingdom (for historic lists for other countries see "Heads of Missions" box below.
- 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 0477037259
- 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
Heads of Missions from New Zealand Ambassadors High Commissioners Permanent RepresentativesUnited Nations - New York • United Nations - Geneva • United Nations - Vienna • UNESCO
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