The Government has released the Ministry’s briefings to the incoming Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister for Trade and Export Growth and Minister for Climate Change.

Each briefing provides a portfolio overview, briefing on major portfolio issues and information on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

In considering the material to be proactively released, we have taken into account the Principle of Availability set out in section 5 of the Official Information Act 1982.

We have also considered the reasons for withholding set out in the Act.  As a result of those considerations, some information has been withheld in line with the provisions of the Act. Where material has been withheld it has been noted in the document.

Briefing for incoming Minister of Foreign Affairs [PDF, 8.1 MB]

Update September 2020 – Briefing for Incoming Minister of Foreign Affairs [PDF, 7.4 MB]

(The Briefing for Incoming Minister of Foreign Affairs was first published in December 2017. In September 2020, the Ministry released another copy of this briefing under the Official Information Act and a copy of this briefing is also included above. Some information has been withheld from this document in line with the provisions in the Act. However, due to the passage of time, it is no longer necessary to withhold all of the information that was redacted from the version of this document published in 2017. Where material has been withheld it has been noted in the document.)

Briefing for incoming Minister for Trade and Export Growth [PDF, 7.4 MB] 

Briefing for incoming Minister for Climate Change (International) [PDF, 6.4 MB]