Meet our Policy Officers

Our Policy Officers discuss their study paths, career plans and experience working with MFAT.
  • Aramiro Tai Rākena

    Aramiro enjoys making a real difference in the lives of New Zealanders, human-kind and the planet.

  • Asena Tolungamaka

    Seeing the real world impact from her work in the NZ Aid Programme has been a highlight for Asena.

  • Claudia Prasad

    The idea that she could help to set the tone for how Aotearoa New Zealand interacts with other countries and cultures really made the Ministry appealing to Claudia.

  • Daniel Tukiri (Waikato-Tainui, Ngāi Tahu)

    An internship gave Daniel a unique opportunity to get a glimpse into the world of foreign policy and diplomacy.

  • Emma Dunlop-Bennett

    The Ministry has given Emma opportunities to broaden and strengthen the theoretical knowledge she learnt at university.

  • Kiran Parmar

    Kiran realised the type of work she could do with her Environmental Science degree and work experience as an Environmental Scientist was just as highly valued at MFAT as a Laws or Economic degree.

  • Lydia Veltman

    With an American Mum and a Kiwi Dad, ‘international relations’ played out in Lydia's childhood home.

  • Richard Kay

    The many different career paths within MFAT and the opportunity to represent New Zealand abroad, strongly appealed to Richard.

  • Ruth Stowers

    Seeing how New Zealand supports countries through the Aid Programme and working with the Embassy in Jakarta have been highlights for Ruth.

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