Crown entities and statutory boards
We monitor Crown Research Institutes (CRIs), Crown entity companies, statutory entities and Public Finance Act 1989 Schedule 4A non-listed companies. This page provides information on these entities and the current members of boards.
Definitions of entities
These links provide definitions of the entities we monitor.
The document "Monitoring arrangements for MBIE-monitored Crown entities" outlines the accountability and performance framework in which Crown entities operate. Particular information relating to CRIs is included in Annex 7 of the document.
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The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC)
The Accident Compensation Corporation manages and delivers a comprehensive, non-fault personal injury cover scheme for all New Zealand residents and visitors to New Zealand. The scheme supports injured people to return to work, independence or everyday life as quickly and safely as possible.
The Accreditation Council is a user-funded, autonomous Crown entity established as the national body for accreditation of testing and inspection bodies. Its activities contribute to the safeguarding of the health and well-being of New Zealanders and ensuring our products and services meet domestic and overseas regulatory and customer requirements.
AgResearch Limited (AgResearch) is a Crown research institute focused on supporting the pastoral sector through scientific research and development. Its purpose is to enhance the value, productivity and profitability of New Zealand’s pastoral, agri-food and agri-technology sector value chains. This will, in turn, contribute to economic growth and beneficial environmental and social outcomes for New Zealand.
Building Practitioners Board
The Building Practitioners Board is a statutory body constituted under Part 4 of the Building Act 2004. It plays an important role in the Licensed Building Practitioners Scheme, which was launched in November 2007. Its purpose is to encourage competent building practitioners to build homes right the first time.
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Callaghan Innovation is a Crown agent that provides products and services to enable businesses to invest more in research, science, engineering, technology and design, so that they can be more successful in the global market.
Chartered Professional Engineers Council
The Chartered Professional Engineers Council reviews and approve rules containing standards for chartered professional engineering, hears appeals on registrations and disciplinary matters and reports on the performance of the Registration Authority (Engineering New Zealand, formerly known as the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand).
The Commerce Commission is New Zealand’s competition authority and regulatory agency. It is responsible for enforcing laws relating to competition, fair trading and consumer credit contracts, and has regulatory responsibilities in the electricity lines, gas pipelines, telecommunications, dairy and airport sectors.
Crown Infrastructure Partners Limited
Crown Infrastructure Partners Limited (formerly Crown Fibre Holdings Limited) is a Public Finance Act Schedule 4A company that manages the Government’s $1.5 billion investment in ultra-fast broadband infrastructure. It also investigates and implements commercial models which enable co-investment from the private sector (or any other sector) to achieve the Government’s objectives for the deployment of water and roading infrastructure needed for housing development.
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Education New Zealand
Education New Zealand is a Crown agent that focuses on growing the economic, social and cultural value New Zealand gains from international education. It works with the international education industry and across other governments to promote the quality of the New Zealand education system and the country's expertise in providing education and training products offshore.
Electrical Workers Registration Board
The Electrical Workers Registration Board promotes safety for all New Zealanders by ensuring the competence of electrical workers. The Board enhances electrical safety through improving competency of electrical workers in New Zealand and delivering occupational regulatory good practice.
The Electricity Authority is an independent Crown entity responsible for the efficient operation of the New Zealand electricity market. Its objective is to promote competition in, reliable supply by, and the efficient operation of, the electricity industry for the long-term benefit of consumers.
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) encourages, supports, and promotes energy efficiency, energy conservation, and the use of renewable sources of energy in New Zealand.
Engineering Associates Registration Board
The Engineering Associates Registration Board approves registration of engineering associates, exercises disciplinary powers and encourages improved competence and qualification of engineering technologists.
Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited
The Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR) is a Crown research institute providing science advice and services to government agencies, local authorities and the private sector. Its purpose is to deliver enhanced scientific and research services to the public health, food safety, security and justice systems and the environmental sector.
External Reporting Board
The External Reporting Board is an independent Crown entity responsible for developing and issuing accounting, auditing and assurances standards in New Zealand.
Financial Markets Authority
The Financial Markets Authority enforces securities, financial reporting and company law as they apply to financial services and securities markets. It also regulates securities exchanges, financial advisers and brokers, trustees and issuers including issuers of KiwiSaver and superannuation schemes. It will shortly also regulate auditors.
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Institute of Geological and Nuclear Science Limited (GNS Science)
The Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Limited (GNS Science) is a Crown research institute providing earth, geoscience and isotope research and consultancy services. It undertakes research to drive innovation and economic growth in New Zealand’s geologically-based energy and minerals industries. It develops industrial and environmental applications of nuclear science. Its research aims to increase New Zealand’s resilience to natural hazards and enhance understanding of geological and earth-system processes.
Housing New Zealand Corporation
Housing New Zealand Corporation is a Crown agent that provides housing services for people in need. Housing New Zealand manages state houses and tenancies.
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Landcare Research New Zealand Limited (Manaaki Whenua)
Landcare Research New Zealand Limited is a Crown research institute. Its purpose is to drive innovation in New Zealand's management of terrestrial biodiversity and land resources to both protect and enhance the terrestrial environment and grow New Zealand's prosperity.
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National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited (NIWA)
The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited (NIWA) is a Crown research institute. It provides atmospheric, freshwater and marine research and associated services. Its purpose is to enhance the economic value and sustainable management of New Zealand’s aquatic resources and environments, to provide understanding of climate and the atmosphere and increase resilience to weather and climate hazards to improve the safety and well-being of New Zealanders.
The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited
The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited (Plant & Food Research) is a Crown research institute. It provides research and development that adds value to fruit, vegetable, crop and food products. Its purpose is to enhance the value and productivity of New Zealand’s horticultural, arable, seafood and food and beverage industries to contribute to economic growth and the environmental and social prosperity of New Zealand.
New Zealand Forest Research Institute Limited (trading as Scion)
Scion is a Crown research institute that specialises in research, science and technology development for the forestry, wood product and wood-derived materials and other biomaterial sectors. Its purpose is to drive innovation and growth from these sectors to build economic value and contribute to beneficial environmental and social outcomes for New Zealand.
New Zealand Registered Architects Board
The New Zealand Registered Architects Board regulates the architecture profession. It is responsible for developing and adminstrating rules about competency standards, ethics, complaints and discipline of members of the profession.
New Zealand Tourism Board
Tourism New Zealand is the trading name of the New Zealand Tourism Board. It is the Crown entity responsible for marketing New Zealand to the world as a visitor destination.
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) is New Zealand's international business development agency. Its role is to help New Zealand businesses grow bigger, better and faster in international markets.
New Zealand Growth Capital Partners (formerly NZVIF)
The New Zealand Growth Capital Partners (NZGCP) is a Crown entity company that invests into seed and venture capital funds. It partners with angel investor groups to drive investment into vibrant early stage New Zealand companies with high-growth potential and through fund of funds management to invest into venture capital firms.
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Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board
The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board is responsible for administering the registration and licensing systems of plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers.
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REANNZ (Research & Education Advanced Network NZ Ltd)
REANNZ is the not-for-profit Crown-owned company that owns and operates a high-speed, unrestricted broadband network for the New Zealand education, research and innovation communities.
The high capacity links enable New Zealand researchers to engage on an equal footing with their peers internationally. REANNZ uses its network and expertise to provide a range of other services to members, such as internet connectivity, video conferencing, point-to-point links and advisory services.
Retirement Commissioner (Te Ara Ahunga Ora Retirement Commission)
The Retirement Commissioner is focused on improving New Zealander’s financial literacy so that people can make well-informed financial decisions throughout their lives in preparation for, and during, retirement. The Retirement Commissioner monitors and reviews the effects of government retirement income policies and retirement villages’ legislation. The Commissioner also maintains and publishes a list of approved persons for appointment as dispute panel members.
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The Takeovers Panel is an independent Crown agency that regulates changes in the control of widely-held New Zealand companies. It does this through the enforcement of the Takeovers Code. The Panel's aim is to ensure all shareholders can participate in control-change transactions in a fair and informed manner. It also promotes public understanding of takeovers law and practice and recommends any necessary changes.
Tertiary Education Commission
The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) is a Crown agent responsible for managing the Government’s approximately $3 billion annual funding for tertiary education. As well as allocating funding to tertiary education organisations, the TEC provides information and advice to the Government about tertiary education organisations and the tertiary sector.
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WorkSafe New Zealand
WorkSafe New Zealand is New Zealand’s workplace health and safety regulator. Its aim is to achieve a 25 per cent reduction by 2020 of the workplace death and injury toll, working collaboratively with employers and employees. It does this through its enforcement of workplace health and safety legislation, and its comprehensive support and promotion of good workplace health and safety practices.