New Zealand

New Zealand

General information on development cooperation

The purpose of New Zealand’s aid is to develop shared prosperity and stability in our region and beyond. The New Zealand Aid Programme invests money, knowledge, and skills to help deliver sustainable economic development and reduce poverty in developing countries. It also provides humanitarian support to save lives and relieve suffering resulting from natural disasters and conflict.

Our 12 investment priorities provide a framework for our aid, capability and policy engagement. These are:

  1. Renewable Energy
  1. Economic Governance
  1. Agriculture
  1. Law & Justice
  1. Fisheries
  1. Health
  1. Tourism
  1. Education
  1. Trade & Labour Mobility
  1. Resilience
  1. Information & Communications Technology
  1. Humanitarian Response


The geographic focus for New Zealand’s aid is the Pacific neighbourhood. New Zealand invests close to 60 per cent of the aid within the Pacific region, across all 12 investment priorities. Elsewhere New Zealand achieves global reach through targeted aid to developing countries where New Zealand has strategic interests, including in Asia, with a particular focus on ASEAN countries, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

The New Zealand Government’s aid programme and policy advice on international development issues are managed by the Pacific and Development Group within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and its approach to trade and development issues is jointly formulated within the Ministry by the Pacific and Development Group, the Trade and Economic Group, and relevant Regional Groups. This coordinated approach applies both in the context of WTO negotiations (e.g. the current Doha Development Round and WTO accessions) and in other trade-related negotiations that New Zealand is engaged in that involve key development partners.

More information about the New Zealand Aid Programme’s Strategic Plan and Investment Priorities can be found here: https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/aid-and-development/our-approach-to-aid/

Aid for Trade Strategy

The New Zealand Aid Programme supports Aid for Trade through seven of the investment priorities. These include investments in economic infrastructure such as renewable energy, information, and communications technology (ICT) and transport; productive capacity building in agriculture and fisheries, including sustainable aquaculture; as well as through support for regional trade negotiations, trade facilitation and improved economic governance. The focus on sustainable economic development relies on a strong private sector to finance investment, create jobs, contribute to public revenues and produce goods and services that people want. Investment priorities of renewable energy, agriculture and ICT offer strong opportunities to increase private sector investment and trade in the Asia-Pacific region.

In the Pacific, the country is integrating their trade policy objectives and aid investments to progress regional economic integration and increase trade and investment flows and job opportunities for Pacific people through the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus. PACER Plus is a landmark trade and development agreement, presenting a unique opportunity for the Forum Island Countries (FICs) to increase their participation in the international trading system and, with the assistance that will be provided by Australia and New Zealand, use trade to alleviate poverty, increase living standards of their people and meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It will facilitate greater labour mobility across the region, facilitating Pacific workers to access temporary employment in New Zealand and Australia in industries that face labour shortages.

PACER Plus is first and foremost, a development FTA with much more flexibility built into it than other trade agreements. This reflects that many of the countries involved are developing countries facing economic challenges because of scale, resources, access, and capacity.

The trade and labour mobility support in the Pacific focuses on improving trade facilitation and market access including assistance for Pacific countries to implement and benefit from PACER Plus and the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. Our support helps to improve the capability of small and medium enterprises to trade, obtain finance and supply markets; to increase the economic and development benefits of regional labour mobility within the Pacific; as well as to enhance reliable transport links to facilitate the movement of people and goods in the region.

In delivering these programmes, MFAT maintains long-standing partnerships with New Zealand state sector agencies responsible for trade, biosecurity, agriculture, customs, immigration and transport. New Zealand is committed to improving donor coordination and delivers Aid for Trade through regional and multi-donor mechanisms where appropriate.


Principal official agency responsible for TCB assistance to developing countries

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT)
Contact details

Tel: +64 4 439 8000

E-mail: enquiries [at] mfat.govt.nz

Physical Address
Head Office address
195 Lambton Quay, Wellington New Zealand
Private Bag 18 901, Wellington New Zealand

MFAT is responsible for protecting and promoting New Zealand’s interests overseas. New Zealand administer two Votes on behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Vote Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Vote Official Development Assistance. MFAT also reports to the Minister of Trade and to other portfolio Ministers on specific issues.

The Ministry is the Government’s lead source of advice on foreign and trade policy, on international climate change negotiations, diplomatic and consular issues, and on international development assistance. MFAT also provide legal advice on international issues and are the formal channel for the Government’s communications to and from other countries and international organizations.

Internationally MFAT works to ensure that New Zealand’s voice is heard, that our security and economic interests are advanced and protected, that MFAT contributes to sustainable development in developing countries, and that the rights and safety of New Zealanders abroad are protected.

To achieve these goals MFAT works with foreign governments and other international and non-government organizations in areas of mutual interest. MFAT also leads initiatives on behalf of other government agencies.

MFAT’s Pacific and Development Group leads an integrated approach to New Zealand’s diplomatic and development engagement with Pacific countries. We support New Zealand’s extensive interests and close ties in the region, and are responsible for the delivery of the New Zealand Aid Programme in the Pacific and globally.

Other government and official agencies with responsibilities directly relevant to TCB

Council for International Development (CID)
Contact details

Tel: +64 4 496 9615

Physical Address
Level 13, 49 Boulcott St Wellington New Zealand

The Council for International Development (CID) works to achieve effective high quality international development programmes focusing on the alleviation and eradication of poverty. It seeks to enhance the capacity and participation of member agencies, the NZ government and other sectors of the NZ community. Amongst other activities, it provides a forum for the discussion of international aid and development issues; liaises with the NZ government, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; and works to increase public awareness of international development needs and issues.

For more information: http://www.cid.org.nz/about-2/about-cid-celebrating-30-years/

Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand
Contact details

Tel: +64 3 962 2607

Physical Address
PO Box 9241 Marion Square
Wellington 6141, New Zealand

The Intellectual Property Office is the government agency responsible for the granting and registration of intellectual property rights. Through the provision of its services, the Intellectual Property Office aims to ensure that people realize the full economic potential of their intellectual property. In addition to administering the relevant legislation and registers, the Office performs a number of operational functions, including: (i) implementing international agreements; (ii) providing assistance and information to clients; (iii) contributing to policy development on IP rights; and (iv) acting as a receiving office for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Contact details

New Zealand office

Tel: +64 (0)4 473 4426

E-mail: contact [at] jas-anz.org ()

Australian office

Tel: +61 (0)2 6232 2000

Physical Address
New Zealand office
Level 4, 108 The Terrace
Wellington, New Zealand

Australian office
FECCA House, 4 Phipps Close, Deakin, ACT 2600


JAS-ANZ was established in 1991 by the Australian and New Zealand governments to strengthen the trading relationship between the two countries and with other countries. The Agreement between Australia and New Zealand establishing the Governing Board, Technical Advisory Council and Accreditation Review Board of the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (the JAS-ANZ Treaty) requires JAS-ANZ to operate a joint accreditation system and to deliver on four goals relating to Integrity and Confidence, Trade Support, Linkages, and International Acceptance. JAS-ANZ is a not for profit, self-funding international organization. It is non-discriminatory, in that it will accept applications from conformity assessment bodies operating anywhere in the world. Accreditation programmes are accessible to all conformity assessment bodies, irrespective of size, location or affiliations, whose operations include activities for which accreditation programmes are currently available.

Measurement Standards Laboratory of New Zealand (MSL)
Physical Address
Callaghan Innovation, PO Box 31 310
Lower Hutt 5040, New Zealand

MSL is New Zealand’s national metrology institute which ensures that New Zealand’s units of measurement are consistent with the International System of Units. MSL provides clients with the most accurate calibration service in the country for a wide range of instruments and artifacts, as well as advice and training. It plays a key role in ensuring international recognition of New Zealand’s National Measurement System, which is essential for New Zealand’s ongoing international trade.

Ministry for Primary industries (MPI)
Contact details

Tel: +64 4 894 0100

E-mail: info [at] mpi.govt.nz ()

Physical Address
Pastoral House 25 The Terrace
Wellington, New Zealand

MPI is focused on growing and protecting New Zealand. MPI works right across the sector from primary producers through to retailers and consumers. Key functions include: Providing policy advice and programmes that support the sustainable development of New Zealand’s primary industries; being the New Zealand government’s principal adviser on fisheries and aquaculture management; providing “whole of system” leadership of New Zealand’s biosecurity system; managing forestry assets for the Crown; providing or purchasing services to maintain the effective management of New Zealand’s fisheries; ensure food safety standards for consumers of New Zealand food. As the government “hub” for the primary sector, we will continue to develop good relationships not only with farmers, primary production and food businesses, but also with tangata whenua, environmental non-governmental organizations, trading partners, across local and central government and the wider community.

New Zealand Customs Service
Contact details

Tel: +64 9 927 8036​

Fax:​ +64 9 927 8019​

E-mail:​ feedback [at] customs.govt.nz

Physical Address
PO Box 2218 Wellington 6140 New Zealand

The Customs Service is focused on stopping any possible dangers, hazards and threats entering New Zealand, and to help protect and nurture New Zealand’s economic well-being. This includes everything from illegal weapons, objectionable material and drugs, to dangerous persons, hazardous substances and unwanted biological organisms – anything that might threaten New Zealand and New Zealanders. Customs also helps to protect and nurture New Zealand’s economic well-being through collecting duties, excise taxes and the goods and services tax (GST) due on imports and exports. Customs uses advanced intelligence-gathering techniques to uncover illegal activity and have the power to check containers, vessels, baggage, mail, persons or property – whether entering or leaving the country. They also conduct investigations and audits of personal and commercial documents, and the movement of currency and goods.

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE)
Contact details

Tel:+64 4 816 8100

Physical Address
Level 15, The Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street,

Wellington 6011, New Zealand

NZTE is the New Zealand government’s national economic development agency. Through its network of offices worldwide, NZTE aims to improve the international competitiveness and sustained profitability of New Zealand business by providing access to people, knowledge, and opportunities. It uses its knowledge of and contacts in overseas markets to connect New Zealand businesses with trade and investment opportunities internationally.

Pacific Islands Trade and Invest (PT&I)
Contact details

Tel: Auckland +649 529 5165;

Geneva +412 2730 1730

E-mail: info [at] pacifictradeinvest.com


PT&I creates jobs in the Pacific Islands and is the only trade promotion organisation representing 16 Pacific island countries across the region (Cook Islands, Fiji, FSM, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu). PT&I works directly with the private sector to develop, grow and promote business in the region through introducing exporters to buyers, investees to investors and connect tourism operators with travellers. Their work focuses on: Trade Facilitation, Investment Facilitation, Creative Arts Promotion and Tourism Promotion. PT&I is an agency of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS)

Other offical and NON-governmental organizations involved

Asia New Zealand Foundation (Asia:NZ)
Contact details

Tel: + 64 4 471 2320

E-mail: asianz [at] asianz.org.nz

Physical Address
Level 16, Fujitsu Tower, 141 The Terrace
Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Asia:NZ is a non-partisan and non-profit organization dedicated to building New Zealanders’ knowledge and understanding of Asia. Established in 1994, Asia:NZ represents a unique partnership between the public and private sectors. As the leading non-governmental organization on Asia-New Zealand relations, it works in five main areas: business, culture, education, media and research. In addition, Asia:NZ runs the Young Leaders Network and takes a lead role in Track 2 bilateral and multilateral dialogues in the Asia-Pacific.

The New Zealand Initiative (NZI)
Contact details

Tel: +64 4 499 0790

E-mail: info [at] nzinitiative.org.nz

Physical Address
36 Brandon Street
Wellington 6011, New Zealand

NZI is a privately funded think tank that is committed to generating debate, ideas, and solutions that contribute to building a better and more prosperous New Zealand for all New Zealanders. NZI undertakes independent research on important issues, engaging with groups throughout the community on these issues, and working with the private and public sectors to identify and implement practical solutions. Its research work covers economic, social, environmental and globalization subjects.

The NZ Institute of Economic Research Inc (NZIER)
Contact details

Tel: +64 4-472 1880

Contact form: https://nzier.org.nz/contact/

Physical Address
Level 13 Willeston House, 22-28 Willeston
St Wellington 6011, New Zealand

NZIER was established in 1958 as a non-profit incorporated society based in Wellington to provide applied economic research in New Zealand. With a team of economists that is one of the largest in New Zealand outside the Government, it undertakes a wide range of consulting activities for clients in the public and private sectors, carries out and publishes research in the national interest, and aims to encourage debate on economic issues affecting New Zealand. It is independent of the government and any other organization.

The Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF)
Contact details

Tel: +64 09 969 1494

Physical Address
Level 2, 139 Quay Street, PO Box 105440
Auckland City, 1143 New Zealand

PCF is an independent public/private-sector trust, formed in 2002, whose mission is to support Pacific cooperation objectives in niche areas with economic linkage in line with New Zealand’s policy objectives.

PCF has three strategic goals:

  1. To promote stability and economic sustainability in New Zealand and the greater Pacific region;
  2. To foster understanding of the Pacific on the part of all New Zealanders and promote New Zealand’s identity as a Pacific nation; and
  3. To engage and support communities and institutions in New Zealand and the greater Pacific region.
Trade Aid New Zealand
Contact details

Tel: +64 3 385 3535

Fax: +64 3 385 3536

E-mail customerservice [at] tradeaid.org.nz

Physical Address
PO Box 35 049 Christchurch 8640
Aotearoa, New Zealand

Trade Aid New Zealand is a New Zealand-based fair trade organization that acts as importer, wholesaler and retailer of fair trade products, sharing its profits with its trading partners and providing them with support to increase their production and product quality. It also provides pre-finance through an interest-free pre-financing scheme. Trade Aid works with more than 75 trading partners in over 30 countries, engaging primarily with family groups, co-operatives and associations, often through non-profit development organizations. By forming these groups, producers are often able to increase their own political power and thereby create social and economic change.

Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA)
Contact details

Tel: + 64 4 472 5759

Contact form: https://www.vsa.org.nz/contact-us/

Physical Address
PO Box 12246, Wellington 6144, New Zealand

VSA is New Zealand’s largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in international development. VSA Kiwi volunteers share skills with people in the wider Pacific to help them build a better future for themselves and their children. VSA works with in-country partners overseas to make sure that all our assignments are locally identified, locally relevant, and locally delivered. VSA’s goal is to transfer skills and knowledge so that the changes achieved during an assignment are sustainable once a volunteer returns to New Zealand.

Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ)
Contact details

Tel: +64 4 384 3636

E-mail: office [at] volunteeringnz.org.nz

Physical Address
PO Box 25 333, Featherston Street,
Wellington 6146, New Zealand

VNZ is an association of regional volunteer centers and national organizations with a strong commitment to volunteering, and is the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) New Zealand Representative. It has also established good working relationships with Volunteering Australia, which has made accessible a variety of educational resources as well as participation in their programmes. It has also been working with specialist volunteer training organizations from Australia, USA and Canada.

Selected TCB programmes and initiatives in this guide

Support to the Mekong Institute
Support for Office of the Chief Trade Advisor (OCTA)
Support for the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS)
Statistics New Zealand Helpdesk
Funding to UNDP, World Bank and ADB
TCB cooperation initiatives with UN/international agencies and bilateral partners

Partnerships are vital to the New Zealand Aid Programme. Working with other governments and agencies means that development assistance efforts are coordinated within countries and across regions. Partnerships also ensure we work in line with a developing country’s strategies and development priorities. New Zealand provides a core (non-earmarked) contribution each year to a range of international agencies to support delivery of their work

The New Zealand Aid Programme has a range of funding and contracting mechanisms to provide effective, sustainable aid in developing countries. These allow us to draw on the expertise and technical skills from New Zealand and elsewhere, and build capacity and skills in developing countries. All funding is in line with long-term strategies and priorities and is delivered through specific programmes and funds. New Zealand’s contributions also include funding to various agencies/mechanisms which are involved in the trade area.

Measuring results are essential to achieving effective aid and development. The capacity to collect, analyze and reflect on performance information is at the heart of assistance and development effectiveness. The New Zealand Aid Programme has a clear focus on measuring results. Monitoring and evaluation of development activities and programmes help improve performance and achieve results. The New Zealand Aid Programme needs to know what works, what doesn’t, where and why.

As part of the focus on measuring results, policies are in place which details standards for monitoring and evaluating activities (projects) and programmes. A key policy requirement is for a results framework to be developed during project or programme design, which identifies what needs to be monitored and evaluated to inform management and decision-making. The New Zealand Aid Programme also has a multi-year rolling work programme of strategic evaluation and research work. The programme is aligned to the New Zealand Aid Programme’s three-year strategic plan, its strategic results framework, and includes evaluation and research that is utilized for strategic and policy development, operational management decision-making and which also has a high value for learning.

The New Zealand Aid Programme’s strategic evaluation work programme includes sector, thematic, policy, programme, country and process evaluations. The strategic research focuses on high-level topics of a strategic nature that may transect programmes, countries or themes.