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Aotearoa New Zealand can be a responsible global citizen, working to promote peace, human rights, and environmental sustainability, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.

Aotearoa New Zealand’s foreign policy should promote peace and human rights

  • New Zealand law should ensure that our armed forces never engage in overseas military action without a UN sanction and the approval of Parliament.
  • Our human rights and peace advocacy work should focus on the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Aotearoa New Zealand should support and implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, leading by example by honouring te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Counter-terrorism should focus on solving underlying problems

  • Aotearoa New Zealand should work to address the “root cause” legitimate economic and social grievances felt by many groups which foster non-state terrorism.
  • Human rights should not be undermined in the name of counter-terrorism.
  • We should support peaceful realisation of the principle of self-determination.

Aotearoa New Zealand should work to ensure a sustainable global environment

  • We should pursue binding agreements to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions to a scientifically-based safe level.
  • We should oppose all whaling and harvesting of endangered marine species while working to broaden the International Whaling Commission’s mandate to include dolphins.

Trade should be fair and environmentally sustainable

  • Trade agreements should contribute to national and global environmental goals, promote human rights and labour standards, support democracy, and uphold national sovereignty.

Global governance should be strengthened

  • Democracy should be encouraged, but there is no single “right” type of democracy.
  • The UN Security Council should be reformed to ensure good decision making. The reform process should investigate regional membership and changes to veto powers.
  • Enforcement of International Criminal Court and International Court of Justice decisions should be strengthened.
  • Aotearoa New Zealand should promote the “responsibility to protect” in cases of genocide or gross and systematic violations of human rights.



Latest Foreign Affairs Announcements


Stronger action needed to stop Iran regime violence

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Political parties call for action on Iran

Parties from across Parliament have come together to call on the Government to take decisive action to hold those responsible for violence and huma...
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Greens call for sanctions on Iranian regime

The Green Party is calling for Aotearoa New Zealand to follow the EU, UK, and Canada by imposing sanctions and restrictions on the organisations an...
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Green Party applauds strength of Iranian protestors and communities

The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand applauds the strength of Iranian protestors and the communities supporting them in Iran and around the worl...
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At-risk Afghans evacuated to Aotearoa must be reunited with family

One year on from the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, the Green Party is calling on the Government to do more to support our most at-risk evacuees.
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Pacific engagement must tackle climate change and avoid militarisation

Aotearoa must retain its independent foreign policy in the Pacific region, the Green Party says.
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