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General information on New Zealand’s development cooperation

The strategic objective and mandate of New Zealand’s official development assistance (ODA) is sustainable development in developing countries in order to reduce poverty and contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world. Within this, its core thematic focus is on sustainable economic development and its core regional focus is on the Pacific.

While bilateral Pacific relationships are a core focus, the New Zealand Aid Programme is also contributing to development efforts through carefully targeted programmes in Asia, Africa and Latin America. In Asia we are particularly focused in our international development engagements given our relative size. New Zealand will continue to focus on complementing ASEAN’s (Association of South East Asian Nations) community building goals through the agreed flagship areas of scholarships, agriculture, disaster risk management, and fostering young business leaders. We are also supporting tourism, renewable energy and English language training. Support for agriculture is a significant focus of New Zealand’s aid programmes in Latin America and Africa.

The New Zealand Government’s aid programme and policy advice on international development issues are managed by the International 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 International 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.

Aid for Trade (AfT) Strategy

New Zealand’s Aid for Trade (AfT) works at three levels: bilateral, regional and multilateral. The two focus regions for its programmes are the Pacific and South East Asia. In the Pacific, the NZAID programme is seeking outcomes where markets work better for the poor, there is a policy environment that supports economic growth, and rural livelihoods and food security are stronger. In Southeast Asia, the focus has been on sustainable rural livelihoods.

The New Zealand Aid Programme is made up of 24 individual programmes. These programmes apply the overall New Zealand Aid Programme mission to specific countries, regions, sectors and themes. Regional programmes allow the New Zealand Aid Programme to have a coordinated approach to region-wide issues. Country programmes are New Zealand’s bilateral aid to a country. They focus on a country’s specific needs and context. More information about the budget, focus areas and strategy for each programme is available at the following link:

To support drivers of economic development, the New Zealand Aid Programme strengthens links between development activities and the private sector at home and abroad. It provides business and technical training and mentoring to small and medium enterprises to strengthen business skills. New Zealand’s support aims to make markets function well and help producers move up the market chain. Efforts focus on four growth areas:

  • Agriculture - creating economic benefits and food security.
  • Fishing industry - generating optimal benefits from fisheries within sustainable limits.
  • Tourism industry - maximising sustainable returns from promising opportunities.
  • Trade - harnessing potential benefits through improved trade facilitation and market-chain development.

To further support the drivers of economic development, the New Zealand Aid Programme works to address challenges and barriers to economic development and to foster a climate conducive to growth though trading arrangements, infrastructure, and a supportive business-enabling environment.

There has been an increase in demand for AfT from the Pacific region in recent years, in part reflecting a greater emphasis on regional economic integration and the increased number of trade negotiations that Pacific Island Countries are involved in. This increase in demand is reflected by the significant increase in New Zealand contribution towards AfT. In the year to June 2012, New Zealand’s Aid for Trade totaled NZ$130.6m. This is an increase of 134% since 2010, when New Zealand’s Aid for Trade totaled $55.9m.

In line with its commitment to donor coordination and harmonization of aid, New Zealand is working to improve donor coordination on AfT, particularly in the Pacific, and delivering AfT through multi-donor mechanisms where appropriate. Examples include the Pacific Regional Infrastructure Facility, with AusAID, the World Bank, and the ADB; and work to ensure coordinated multi-donor support to the Oceania Customs Organization.

Principal official agency responsible for TCB assistance to developing countries


New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Head Office address

195 Lambton Quay, Wellington

New Zealand

Tel: +64 4 439 8000

Fax: +64 4 472 9596



Mailing address:

Private Bag 18 901, Wellington

New Zealand

International Development Group

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Head Office address

195 Lambton Quay, Wellington

New Zealand

Tel: +64 4 439 8200

Fax: +64 4 439 8515

Private Bag 18 901, Wellington

New Zealand



The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) is responsible for protecting and promoting New Zealand’s interests overseas. We 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 organisations.

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 organisations in areas of mutual interest. MFAT also leads initiatives on behalf of ‘NZ Inc’ agencies. For more information: E-mail: and

MFAT’s International Development Group manages the NZAID programme. This programme has its own budget line and management arrangements tailored to its core business.

For more information: E-mail: and

Other government and official agencies with responsibilities directly relevant to TCB


Council for International Development (CID)

Level 13, 49 Boulcott St


New Zealand

Ph: +64 4 496 9615

Council for International Development (CID): 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 (MFAT); and works to increase public awareness of international development needs and issues.

For more information: and

Other official or government trade-related organizations


Ministry for Primary Industries

Pastoral House

25 The Terrace


New Zealand

Tel: +64 4 894 0100

Fax: +64 4 894 0720

Ministry for Primary industries (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 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 organisations, trading partners, across local and central government and the wider community.

For more information:


New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE)

Level 15, The Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street, Wellington 6011

Phone:+64 4 816 8100

Fax:+64 4 816 8101

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE): This 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. For more information:


Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand

205 Victoria Street


New Zealand

Phone: +64 3 962 2607

Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand: This is the government agency responsible for the granting and registration of intellectual property rights. Through the provision of its services, the Office aims to ensure that people realise 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). For more information:



Australian office

Postal Address: PO Box 5634, Hughes, ACT 2605

Physical Address: FECCA House, 4 Phipps Close, Deakin, ACT 2600

Telephone: +61 (0)2 6232 2000

Fax: +61 (0)2 6262 7980

Email: contact@jas-anz.or


New Zealand office

Postal Address: PO Box 10476, The Terrace, Wellington 6143

Physical Address: Level 2, 108 The Terrace, Wellington

Telephone: +64 (0)4 473 4426

Fax: +64 (0)4 473 4428


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 organisation. 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.

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Measurement Standards Laboratory of New Zealand (MSL)

Measurement Standards Laboratory

Inwards Goods Store,

Callaghan Innovation

69 Gracefield Road, Lower Hutt

New Zealand

Measurement Standards Laboratory of New Zealand (MSL): This is New Zealand’s national metrology institute, which ensures that New Zealand’s units of measurement are consistent with the International System of Units, the SI. 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.

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Non-governmental organizations involved in TCB


Trade Aid New Zealand

174 Gayhurst Rd


Aotearoa/New Zealand

Phone: +64 3 385 3535

Freephone 0508 TRADE AID (0508 872 332)

Fax +64 3 385 3536



Asia New Zealand Foundation (Asia:NZ)

Level 16, Fujitsu Tower, 141 The Terrace

Wellington 6011

New Zealand

Phone: + 64 4 471 2320

Fax: + 64 4 471 2330


Asia New Zealand Foundation (Asia:NZ): This 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. For more information:


Importer Institute

First Floor 41-47 Dixon St


New Zealand

Importer Institute: This is an informal national association of New Zealand importing companies which aims to keep members informed on topical issues of interest and to represent importers’ interests before policy makers and the public.

For more information:

New Zealand Institute (NZI) : 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. The New Zealand Institute is a private, non-profit organization, funded by its business members, largely through an annual membership fee. Its research work covers economic, social, environmental and globalisation subjects.

For more information:


NZ Institute of Economic Research Inc (NZIER)

8 Halswell St  Thorndon 6011,

New Zealand Tel: +64 4-472 1880

NZ Institute of Economic Research Inc (NZIER): 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.

For more information:


Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF)

52 Symonds Street

Ground Floor

Hamburg Sud House


New Zealand

Phone: +64 09 969 1494

Fax: +64 09 969 1495


Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF): 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: i) To promote stability and economic sustainability in New Zealand and the greater Pacific region; ii) To foster understanding of the Pacific on the part of all New Zealanders and promote New Zealand’s identity as a Pacific nation; iii) To engage and support communities and institutions in New Zealand and the greater Pacific region.

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Trade Aid New Zealand: This 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.

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Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ)

Volunteering NZ Office

PO Box 24 526 Manners St

Wellington 6142 , New Zealand

Telephone: 04 3843636

Fax: 04 3843637

Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ) is an association of regional volunteer centres 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.

For more information:


Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA).

Freepost 100017, PO Box 12246, Thorndon

Wellington 6144

New Zealand

Phone: 0800 872 8646 / 64 4 472 5759

Fax:64 4 472 505

Volunteer Service Abroad (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. For more information:

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 own 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 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.

New Zealand is active in TCB collaboration initiatives with World Bank – International Development Association, Asian Development Bank – Asian Development Fund, and UNDP.

Measuring results is essential to achieving effective aid and development. The capacity to collect, analyse and reflect on performance information is at the heart of aid 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 and programmes.  A key policy requirement is for each activity and programme to develop a results framework (M&E) during design, providing the framework to collate, report, monitor and evaluate. To that end, the New Zealand Aid Programme 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 my transect programmes, countries or themes. It is anticipated that the strategic evaluation and research programme is reviewed annually by the New Zealand Aid Programme’s Evaluation and Research Board to ensure it is responsive to the strategic and operational needs of the New Zealand Aid Programme.

Selected TCB programmes and initiatives in this guide


  • Support for Office of the Chief Trade Advisor (OCTA)
  • Support for the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS)
  • Mekong Institute in Thailand


  • The IMF’s Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre (PFTAC)


  • IFC-PENSA II Indonesia
  • Pacific Business Mentoring Programme (PBMP)
  • Samoa private sector development
  • Pacific Regional Livelihoods Programme


  • Support for Geothermal Energy Industry
  • Fairtrade Labelling


  • Pacific Islands Trade & Invest


  • Statistics New Zealand Helpdesk


  • FAO/WTO Round Table Series
  • Pacific Trade Facilitation


  • Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF)
  • Tuvalu Ship to Shore project


  • Women’s World Banking
  • Pacific Private Enterprise Partnership (Pacific PEP)
  • Pacific Financial Capability Project (MoneyPacific)