The Ministry acts in the world to build a safer, more prosperous and more sustainable future for New Zealanders.

How we do this

In line with our purpose and values, we engage and seek to influence outcomes that align with Aotearoa New Zealand’s values and interests

We pursue the Government’s international priorities and provide advice to the Government on the implications for New Zealand of what is happening in the world.

Our work contributes to New Zealanders’ well-being in the following ways:

  • Kaitiakitanga: Generations of New Zealanders benefit from sustainable solutions to global and regional challenges
  • Prosperity: New Zealanders have better job opportunities and incomes from trade, investment and other international connections
  • Security: New Zealanders are able to live, do business, travel and communicate more safely at home and offshore
  • Influence: New Zealanders have confidence their country can influence others on issues that matter for them now and in the future


Click here to learn more about the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade / Manatū Aorere.