NZ Inc: our domestic environment

MFAT leads the formulation and delivery of the Government’s foreign, trade and development policy. A number of New Zealand government agencies also have their own international engagement. We therefore have a role to play in integrating NZ Inc’s international efforts and supporting collaboration across the public sector. This is so we can achieve maximum impact onshore as well as through our shared offshore network. Working together like this is consistent with the Government focus on collaboration to deliver better public services to New Zealanders.

Working with others

Achieving the Government’s objectives (including trade and economic, security, environment and international development-related priorities) requires a whole-of-government approach.  Where the Government’s objectives have international engagement dimensions, MFAT collaborates with partner NZ Inc agencies and entities beyond government to deliver them. That includes getting best value through New Zealand’s offshore network. Offshore and onshore, NZ Inc agency teams are expected to set common objectives and work closely together to deliver results for New Zealand. The NZ Inc country and regional strategy programme is an example of that collaboration in practice.

NZ Inc Strategies

NZ Inc strategies are the Government’s plan to strengthen New Zealand’s economic, political and security relationships with some of our key international partners. There are currently five NZ Inc strategies in place. These strategies set ambitious five-year goals and actions required to achieve them.

These strategies are part of the wider Government arrangements which include the Business Growth Agenda, national security system, and natural resources sector. MFAT uses the NZ Inc machinery to guide engagement on issues that fall outside of these fora. Examples of our work to connect NZ Inc agencies include developing a Pacific framework to support coherent NZ Inc engagement in the region; leading work to build China capabilities across the public sector; leading an NZ Inc Heads of Communication group, which works to promote and protect our international reputation, the roll-out of a reputation management framework, and increased integration of our global digital presence; and engaging agency asset managers in offshore property asset projects where NZ Inc agencies have a presence.

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