New Zealand Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Consuls-General from diplomatic missions around the world are gathering in Wellington this coming week (May 21- 25) for a series of meetings that will further New Zealand’s interests on the global stage.

“It has been two years since New Zealand Heads of Mission last came together in Wellington to discuss the challenging global situation and how best to advance the interests of New Zealanders,” says Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Brook Barrington. 

The Heads of Mission will also be undertaking activities in regional New Zealand and Auckland. 

“This is a chance for us to hear from New Zealanders about how their overseas representatives can be most helpful. 

"To do this, Heads of Mission will travel to the regions, meeting and talking to hundreds of people including exporters, iwi, educators, and local leaders, among others.

Leaders’ Week is also the first chance for New Zealand Heads of Mission to hear from the Government about its priorities and how the Ministry can help to deliver these.  Policies like the Pacific Reset and Free Trade for All, as well as how we can strengthen the Ministry’s capability in the most cost-effective way, are amongst the issues that we look forward to discussing.”  

This will be the fourth time that MFAT has convened a Leaders' Week, with previous gatherings held in 2013, 2014 and 2016.

For more information:

Kimberley Rothwell, Media Adviser, 021 375 105