We help to Grow New Zealand for All to improve the well-being of New Zealanders. This page provides information about our business groups.
The Building, Resources and Markets group is headed by Phillippa Fox.
We are responsible for many of the regulatory systems that New Zealand’s markets: building, communications, competition, consumer and commercial, energy markets, financial markets, intellectual property, and petroleum and minerals. In addition, we are responsible for the functions that support the external facing New Zealand Government Procurement and Government Property Group brands.
We contribute to:
- ensuring housing and construction markets deliver safe and affordable homes and buildings
- ensuring New Zealanders are connected and have access to resilient, inclusive and competitive communications services and infrastructure
- supporting New Zealand to become a prosperous and leading digital nation
- increasing value from lower carbon energy that is secure and affordable
- delivering a step-change in the value we get from New Zealand’s energy and mineral resources
- building a business environment where consumers are supported and businesses are empowered.
The group has 4 branches:
- Commerce, Consumers and Communications
- Energy and Resource Markets
- Building System Performance
- New Zealand Government Procurement and Property.
Ngā Pou o te Taumaru is headed by Deputy Secretary Richard Griffiths.
We work in partnership with business groups to enable them to deliver their objectives and portfolio obligations. We support the stewardship obligations of the organisation including its medium and long-term sustainability, health, capability and capacity.
The group has 7 branches:
- Engagement, Communications and Ministerial Services
- Enterprise Strategy Governance and Performance
- Legal, Ethics and Privacy
- Office of the Deputy Secretary
- People and Culture
- Workforce, Transformation and Change
The Digital, Data and Insights Group is led by Deputy Secretary Greg Patchell.
We are responsible for strengthening MBIE's core data and insights, digital and technology functions within MBIE.
The group’s key objectives work to ensure MBIE is:
- Digitally enabled – we make it easy for people to work with us and for us.
- Empowered by data – we are a data and evidence-led organisation.
The Group has the following branches:
- Cyber Security
- Data Strategy & Knowledge
- Data Insights & Intelligence
- Digital Operations
- Digital Solutions Delivery
- Partnerships & Programmes
- Planning, Risk & Assurance
- Technology & Architecture
The Finance and Performance Group is headed by Chief Financial Officer Stewart McRobie.
We support the effective management of the Ministry's resources including finance, procurement and property. This includes implementing effective financial policies and procedures, business-wide planning, advice and performance reporting.
The group has 6 branches:
- Enterprise Planning, Performance and Reporting
- Finance Systems, Operations and procurement
- Finance Business Partnering
- Internal Assurance
- Enterprise Risk and Compliance
Immigration New Zealand(external link) is headed by Deputy Secretary Alison McDonald.
We look after New Zealand’s immigration rules and laws, which in turn support our economic growth and strengthen our relationship with other parts of the world. We offer a range of visas to help those who can contribute to New Zealand to visit, work, study, live, or invest here.
We work with international organisations and industry partners to improve how the immigration system operates. In addition, we provide regulatory compliance services, oversees border control operations and supports migrant and refugee settlement.
The group has 7 branches:
- Strategy, Engagement and Education
- Operations, Tasking and Improvement
- Border and Visa Operations
- Refugee and Migrant Services
- Verification and Compliance
The Labour, Science and Enterprise Group is headed by Deputy Chief Executive Paul Stocks.
We help boost the New Zealand economy by developing New Zealand’s skill system, science and innovation systems, alongside labour market policy. We do this by taking a ‘just transition’ approach so that opportunities and impacts are anticipated, supported, or managed in a way that does not leave people behind.
The group has 7 branches:
- Economic Development and Transitions
- Employment, Skills and Immigration Policy
- Entity Performance and Investment
- Science, Innovation and International
- Science System Investment and Performance
- Workplace Relations and Safety Policy
Our Crown entity partners play an integral delivery role across these areas. We facilitate and advise on the settings they need to succeed.
Our Crown entity partners include:
- Tourism NZ(external link)
- NZ Trade and Enterprise(external link)
- Callaghan Innovation(external link)
- WorkSafe New Zealand(external link)
- Crown Research institutes(external link)
- New Zealand Growth Capital Partners(external link)
Te Whakatairanga Service Delivery is headed by Deputy Chief Executive Suzanne Stew.
Our purpose is to ensure that New Zealand has fair markets that thrive.
We provide critical functions and services that support businesses, employees and consumers to operate successfully in the market place. This includes the delivery of information, advisory, dispute resolution, regulatory and enforcement services for most of the regulatory systems in MBIE, including the Building, Communications Markets, Competition, Consumer and Commercial, Corporate Governance, Employment Standards and Relations, Tenancy, Immigration, Intellectual Property, Standards and Conformance, and Trade systems.
The group has seven branches:
- Building and Tenancy
- Business and Consumer
- Employment Services
- Engagement and Experience
- Market Integrity
- Service Quality
- Strategy and Enablement
Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) is jointly led by Deputy Chief Executive Chris Bunny and Head of MIQ, Brigadier Rose King. MIQ became a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) business group on 13 July 2020.
The purpose of managed isolation is to ensure people do not have COVID-19 before they return to our communities. A key enabler of this work is collaboration across government.
A range of agencies including the Ministry of Health, All-of-Government, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Police, Customs, New Zealand Defence Force, Aviation Security Service and other business groups in MBIE are working together to deliver an enduring MIQ system.
The group structure is made up of the following branches:
- Associate Deputy Chief Executive
- Engagement and Service Design
- MIQ Health Services
- MIQ Operations
- MIQ Policy
- National Operations Services
- Office of the DCE
- Service Quality and Assurance
For more information on our managed isolation and quarantine facilities, see:
The Deputy Secretary Strategic Policy and Programmes is Melanie Porter.
We partner across MBIE and with the wider system to progress key cross-cutting outcomes such as Māori and Pacifica Economic Strategy, overall Economic Strategy, Regulatory Stewardship and enabling Small Businesses to thrive.
The group has the following 4 branches including the Chief Economist:
- Te Kupenga - Māori Economic Development Unit
- Regulatory Systems
- Government Centre for Dispute Resolution
- Economic Strategy
- Pacific Policy
- Strategic Policy Integration
- Transitions Strategy
- Small Business & Strategic Programmes
- Small Business Policy
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