Forging strong international connections

Relationships are at the heart of our work at MFAT—we’re the diplomats, negotiators, analysts and advisors working to make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous.

In this section

Who we are

MFAT acts in the world to make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous.

Our strategic direction

MFAT is focused on delivering on the Government’s priorities. We have seven objectives to achieve by 2019.

Our people

Our chief executive heads MFAT and is supported by a team of experienced senior leaders. We're accountable to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Trade.

Work with us

We employ around 1,400 staff. Approximately 760 are based offshore, including 530 locally engaged staff. We also contract out certain activities to external suppliers.

Contact us

Our head office is in Wellington, New Zealand and we have 57 posts in 50 countries around the world.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade publishes six:monthly spreadsheets outlining the Chief Executive's business expenses, and gifts or hospitality received.