The Strategic Intentions 2017-2021 document sets out the Ministry’s strategic objectives.

The Ministry’s priorities have evolved to ensure we continue to deliver in a fast-paced and changing world.

However, the purpose remains the same – to act in the world to make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous.

In order to do this, the Ministry needs to be clear about its objectives and what it needs to do to achieve them.

Seven objectives

We have seven objectives to achieve by 2021. Each objective includes deliverables that will be the focus of our activity in this period: 

  • Global Rules-Based System: Act in the United Nations and other international organisations to improve effectiveness, accountability and value for money for New Zealanders

  • Business Growth Agenda: Increase market access, regional economic integration, and improve the international performance of New Zealand businesses

  • Asia-Pacific: Embed New Zealand as an integral and trusted partner in the Asia-Pacific

  • Pacific: Safeguard New Zealand’s interests and influence in the Pacific and improve the prosperity, stability and resilience of the region and its people

  • Environment: Promote smart international solutions on climate change, oceans and Antarctica that ensure environmental protection and the sustainable use of natural resources

  • Security: Protect and advance New Zealand’s and New Zealanders’ security

  • Organisational capability: Build robust and enduring organisational capability to deliver strengthened and coherent international engagement.

Read more about the MFAT Strategic Intentions 2017-2021 [PDF, 3.1 MB]