The government has appointed an ambassador for counter-terrorism.
The new position was flagged by the Prime Minister last year and the government says it reflects New Zealand's intention to tackle the threat posed by terrorist groups such as Islamic State.
Foreign Minister Murray McCully said the senior diplomat Carl Worker will be the ambassador and his role would be to expand New Zealand's diplomatic engagement at international counter terrorism forums and with regional partners.
Mr Worker is currently serving as New Zealand's acting ambassador to the United States.
He will take up the role early next year.