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Ministerial portfolio

Foreign Affairs

Minister of Foreign Affairs
Current Minister:
Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Associate Minister:
Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs
Current Associate Minister:
Hon Aupito William Sio

Responsibilities include promoting and protecting New Zealand’s interests abroad by prioritising, building, and leveraging international connections to benefit national security, economic prosperity, and international influence.


Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Crown entities: 

New Zealand Antarctic Institute

PFA schedule organisations: 

Asia New Zealand Foundation (Schedule 4)
Pacific Co-operation Foundation (Schedule 4)

Other organisations: 

Public Advisory Committee on Disarmament and Arms Control
Pacific Development and Conservation Trust1
Peace and Disarmament Education Trust2


Vote Foreign Affairs and Trade
Vote Official Development Assistance


Antarctica Act 1960
Antarctica (Environmental Protection) Act 1994
Antarctic Marine Living Resources Act 1981
Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Act 1996
Commonwealth Countries Act 1977
Consular Privileges and Immunities Act 1971
Continental Shelf Act 1964
Cook Islands Act 1915
Cook Islands Constitution Act 1964
Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities Act 1968
Foreign Affairs Act 1988
Geneva Conventions Act 1958
International Crimes and International Criminal Court Act 20003
Kermadec Islands Act 1887
Maritime Powers Act 2022
Mercenary Activities (Prohibition) Act 2004
New Zealand Antarctic Institute Act 1996
Niue Act 1966
Niue Constitution Act 1974
Pitcairn Trials Act 2002
Russia Sanctions Act 2022
Territorial Sea, Contiguous Zone, and Exclusive Economic Zone Act 1977
Terrorism Suppression Act 20024
Tokelau Act 1948
Tokelau (Territorial Sea and Exclusive Economic Zone) Act 1977
United Nations Act 1946
United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Act 1996
Western Samoa Act 1961

1 The Pacific Development and Conservation Trust is administered by the Department of Internal Affairs.

2 The Peace and Disarmament Education Trust is administered by the Department of Internal Affairs.

3 Jointly administered under the Foreign Affairs and Justice portfolios.

4 Jointly administered with the Ministry of Justice.

Last updated: 
Monday, 12 October 2020

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