Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

2007 ranking: 81

Senior IS executive: Allan Sainsbury, director of ICT Reports to: Peter Hamilton, deputy secretary, corporate services

Size of IS shop: 58

PCs: 1453

Mobile PCs: 300

Terminals: 0

Hand-held devices: 0

Total screens: (including dual screens) 1759

Industry: Government and defence

PC environment: Windows XP, Vista; Lenovo

Server environment: Windows 2003, SQL, Linux, IBM

DBMS: Access, SQL, SharePoint

Address: 195 Lambton Quay, Wellington


Key IS projects this year: Mobile computing capability; desktop

internet capability.

THE MINISTRY OF Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), under the

statutory authority of the Foreign Affairs Act 1988, conducts the

Government’s business with foreign countries and their governments

and with international organisations.

It advises the Government on foreign and trade policy issues that will affect

New Zealand’s interests in relation to other countries. On behalf of the Government, it enters

into dialogue with other governments, to implement New Zealand’s

policies and promote the country’s interests.

Other key roles of the Ministry include oversight of New Zealand’s

international relations, protecting the interests of New Zealand citizens

overseas, as well as management of fi nancial assistance, through a

semi-autonomous agency, New Zealand Agency for International

Development, to developing nations.

Allan Sainsbury, director of ICT, says MFAT is making significant

progress with the implementation of its ICT strategy. Two of the major

initiatives to provide integrated mobile computing and network internet

access are currently in proof of concept and about to be deployed. He

says this will provide a major improvement, allowing the Ministry staff

to access appropriate information from both the network and mobile


The flexible working environment being developed is

to allow the organisation to effectively improve its collaborative and

information sharing.

“In addition, we are strengthening our infrastructure capability and

ensuring stability and system redundancy to meet our business needs,” says Sainsbury.

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