The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) is focused on growing and protecting New Zealand. We are developing a new organisational strategy to increase the sustainable economic growth of New Zealand's primary industries.
The Government's goal to grow the economy in order to deliver greater prosperity, security and opportunities for all New Zealanders is our key driver. New Zealand needs to lift the long-term performance of the economy and the agriculture, food, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture industries will play a central role in this.
On 1 July 2011, MAF and the Ministry of Fisheries merged to create a single agency spanning the whole of the primary sector. The benefits of this include:
- a stronger and more innovative primary sector, earning more export dollars for New Zealand;
- more integrated strategic policy advice on long-term economic growth from primary production industries;
- greater engagement with iwi;
- enhanced capability in science and risk management;
- more effective interactions with primary sector stakeholders and local government on regulatory issues, biosecurity and food safety.
The outcomes we strive for include:
- Sustainable economic growth and increased prosperity for New Zealanders
- Healthier New Zealanders
- Maintained and enhanced economic, social and cultural benefits for New Zealanders from the environment
- New Zealand is able to optimise the social, cultural and economic benefits from fisheries and aquaculture
- Fishing is managed to support the health of the aquatic environment
- The Crown's fisheries and aquaculture obligations to Māori are delivered
- There is increasing trust and confidence in our management of fisheries and aquaculture
As the government "hub" for the primary sector, we will continue to develop good relationships not only with farmers, primary production and food businesses, but also with tangata whenua, environmental non-governmental organisations, trading partners, across local and central government and the wider community.