Globalisation remains a dominant trend, with growing inter-connectedness of people, goods, services, capital and technology as well as increasing competition for natural resources. The pace and momentum for political cooperation and economic integration at a regional level are also accelerating, notably in the Asia-Pacific region, driven by expectations that this will improve both security and prosperity. These trends are placing considerable pressure on all countries, including New Zealand, to be more globally active and equipped for a rapidly changing and less predictable world.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade maintains relationships with international and regional organisations to protect and advance New Zealand's interests overseas.
On behalf of the government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade interacts with other goverments to promote New Zealand’s interests, taking into account New Zealand's security, political, trade and economic objectives.
To find out more about New Zealands relations with other countries and territories, you can select the appropriate region below or use the country/territory locator.