Foreign Affairs


New Zealand is a trading nation. Our wealth depends on buying things we can’t produce cheaply and selling things we can produce for high prices to large markets. ACT has always been the strongest supporter of free trade in New Zealand Parliament.

ACT believes that protecting citizens from outside aggressors is the first and most important job of any government. As a small country we should favour rule-based international relations instead of a ‘might is right’ approach. New Zealand has often been at the forefront of advocating this approach. However we cannot rely on faith alone.  We  need strong alliances with like-minded countries backed up by adequate investment in our own defence capabilities to ensure New Zealand’s security.


Been a reliable supporter of free trade agreements, giving governments of all stripes the numbers to confidently negotiate them.

Opposed meddling in the Middle East through the United Nations, particularly the misguided Resolution 2334.


  • Maintain and strengthen our traditional alliances, while leading the world with our relationships in Asia. Alliances, such as the Five Eyes and the Commonwealth are more important than ever and ACT will continue to support these alliances.
  • Emphasise our role as a leading country in the South Pacific. Aid should be focused and directed into the South Pacific.
  • Continue to support opening up trade through bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements, as these are the basis of New Zealand’s prosperity.
  • Pursue a free trade and free movement area between Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom (CANZUK).