The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is responsible for protecting and promoting New Zealand's interests overseas.
We have a total of 861 Ministry staff – 600 in New Zealand and 261 working offshore across
53 posts. In addition, 425 locally engaged staff are employed by our offshore posts.
We monitor the performance of 4 Crown Entities
We administer 31 Acts of Parliament on behalf of the New Zealand Government
During 2010/11 we:
provided support services to other New Zealand government agencies at
47 offshore posts
serviced 55 multilateral and 42 bilateral/plurilateral treaty negotiations
signed or ratified 6 multilateral and 34 bilateral/plurilateral treaties on behalf
of the New Zealand Government
supported 94 inward visits to New Zealand by foreign visitors and 38 outward visits
by New Zealand Ministers
participated in 5 negotiation rounds of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and 5 FTA
negotiation rounds with India. Over 46% of all New Zealand exports are now covered
by the trade agreements in force
administered $495.0 million of Official Development Assistance across 33 programmes
responded to 54,812 general consular enquiries and provided consular assistance
to 2,446 New Zealanders overseas
administered and facilitated privileges and immunities to 792 diplomatic and consular
staff of foreign missions in New Zealand.