The MFAT (The Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and Trade) is in charge of promoting and
protecting the interests of New Zealand overseas.
tandem with its network of overseas posts, the
Ministry works mainly with foreign governments on
political, security, trade, travel and other issues
affecting the wellbeing of New Zealanders.
For overseas effectiveness, the Ministry requires
good ties with sector organizations and other New
Zealand groups with trade and foreign policy
interests. The Ministry is aided by the Auckland
Office to develop better and stronger connections in
the country’s largest city and business capital.
By minimizing barriers to trade access, the Ministry
welcomes in foreign trade. It protects and negotiates rules
of access for New Zealand services and goods in markets
overseas, analyzes political and economic conditions and
represents the interests of New Zealand.
Having aided in opening the doors, the MFAT works intimately
with other organizations and agencies that aid New Zealand
in going through them. To illustrate this, the New Zealand
Trade and Enterprise supplies the expertise, support, and
contacts to help exporters in expanding their overseas
The Auckland Office of the Ministry deals with organizations
in the metropolis that have trade and foreign policies
It supports and supplements their collaboration with
the Ministry on trade and foreign development of
policies which influence them.
This may include giving advice, establishing
connections, or conducting specialized conferences
with ambassadors visiting New Zealand, foreign
delegations, and negotiators of trade.
Aside from responding to requests for information,
the Auckland Office looks for openings to build
awareness of the State’s trade and foreign policy
priorities. It accomplishes this task by maintaining
communications with several key sectors.
The Auckland Office coordinates with a range of
Auckland interests which includes business groups
(particularly those with interests in policies of
trade and other issues of access), local government
and similar agencies for economics,
Asian, Pacific, and other communities included in regional
links and issues, educational institutions with economic and
academic relations abroad, communications organizations
(including internet and media users), other Auckland
government agencies with responsibilities relevant to the
Ministry’s work, consular corps representatives
(particularly those striving to strengthen links among the
nations they represent and the region of Auckland).
The MFAT’s regional divisions manage New Zealand's
consensual relations with the nations within their
areas of responsibility. They keep an eye on
economic, political, trade, security and defense
developments in those nations. Information provided
by the diplomatic outposts of New Zealand to the
concerned Wellington regional division provides the
foundation for advice on policies to the State on
bilateral relations with those nations.
The divisions include the ones in the Americas,
Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and
Pacific. There are special relations units in Niue
The MFAT’s functional divisions have purposeful
responsibilities which span the regions and also administer
to the Ministry’s role in key regional and multilateral
organizations. These functional divisions are the Trade
Negotiations, MFAT Auckland Office, International Security
and Disarmament, Legal, Trade Policy Liaison Unit,
Environment and Antarctic Policy Unit, Maori Policy Unit,
United Nations, Human Rights and Commonwealth Division,
Knowledge Services, Economic, Consular, Protocol, and Public
Diplomacy and Outreach.