Peter Lund - Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) acts in the world to make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous and to advance theGovernment’s international priorities. MFAT seeks to deliver value to New Zealand and New Zealanders, through:

• improved prosperity for New Zealand and our region; • the stability, security and resilience of our country, our people and our region;

• leadership by amplifying New Zealand’s influence and standing in the world;

• kaitiakitanga or stewardship, by delivering solutions to global challenges for the benefit of present and future generations.

The Pacific is a vital part of New Zealand’s identity, and our domestic and international interests. We have a large Pacific population in New Zealand as well as close historical, cultural, sporting and economic ties with our Pacific neighbours. We have constitutional obligations with the Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue, a Treaty of Friendship with Samoa, and Pacific leaders generally turn to us in times of need, particularly in response to natural disasters. New Zealand has a direct interest in the economic, political and security developments of the region. What happens in the Pacific and how we respond has implications for migration, aid and security. Our Pacific expertise is also an important part of our international profile, and regarded as a valuable asset by other countries. Maximising the impact of New Zealand’s engagement in improving the prosperity, stability and resilience of the Pacific Islands region and its people is one of the Ministry’s key objectives. Peter Lund is senior policy officer for Pacific trade and economic issues at the Auckland office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In this role, Peter works closely with Matua Shane Jones, New Zealand’s Ambassador for Pacific Economic Development. Peter was based at the New Zealand High Commission in Suva from 2010 to 2014, where he was trade commissioner and deputy head of mission. He has also served in Port Moresby and Seoul. Prior to his posting in Fiji, Peter was responsible for implementing New Zealand’s Free Trade Agreements with China and ASEAN, based in the Asia Division of MFAT.