Our areas of focus are:
i. An independent voice
New Zealand’s strongest relationships have traditionally been with Australia, the United Kingdom and United States. With these countries and Canada, we are part of the Five Eyes intelligence sharing network and M5 network on immigration data sharing. We are also a Pacific country with growing links to countries in the Asia Pacific region. We look at how these relationships affect our independent voice on peace, human rights, decolonisation and other global issues.
ii. Decolonisation and indigenous rights
New Zealand’s founding document is Te Tiriti o Waitangi. This establishes an agreement between the Crown and Māori that should be reflected in our foreign policy. In collaboration with Māori leaders and thinkers we will contribute to discussions on how New Zealand can adopt Te Tiriti-based approaches to foreign policy and support and learn from other decolonisation movements around the world.
iii. Feminist foreign policy
When Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström took on her role in 2014 she announced an intention to pursue feminist foreign policy, taking a gender analysis of international relations and speaking out against oppression of women. We will explore how New Zealand might adopt a feminist foreign policy.
iv. NZ’s humanitarian identity
Part of our identity in New Zealand is to be a helpful neighbour and a supportive partner. We will look at the potential for NZ to play a stronger role in peace mediation in our region and beyond; opportunities for NZ to once again take a proactive leadership role in global efforts for disarmament; welcoming refugees and advancing discussions on climate migration; and ensuring our aid policy is focused on addressing inequality and driven by the needs of our partners.
v. Environmental justice
This theme includes our approach to international climate action; our approach to preserving the health of our oceans and specifically preventing marine plastic pollution; and our international efforts to advocate for biodiversity. These are all areas where we can provide much needed expertise and leadership on the global stage.
vi. Alternative models for economics and trade
Poverty and inequality within and amongst countries are major drivers of suffering and armed violence. Alternative models of economics and trade, including regenerative and decentralised approaches, are gaining traction internationally. We will look at the role New Zealand can play in pioneering these ideas in our own society and economy and in our trade and development partnerships with others.