Lewis Holden

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Lewis Dare Holden
Chief Executive of the Ministry of Culture and Heritage
Assumed office
June 2009
Deputy Secretary of the New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development
In office
November 2001 – June 2009
Alternative Executive Director at the World Bank

Lewis Dare Holden is a New Zealand public servant and economist, and is currently Chief Executive of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.[1][2] Holden was previously deputy secretary of the economic strategy branch at the Ministry of Economic Development.[3]


Holden has a BA (Honours) from Victoria University of Wellington, a Diploma in Journalism from the University of Canterbury and a Masters of Public and Private Management from Yale School of Management. While at Victoria, Holden was elected to the executive of Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association.


Prior to joining the Ministry for Culture and Heritage in June 2009, Holden was Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Development. Before that, Holden worked for the New Zealand Treasury, and worked in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as an economic advisor for Jim Bolger. Holden also spent a term as Alternative Executive Director at the World Bank in Washington DC.

Holden was instrumental in developing the previous Labour governments' "regional development" and "economic transformation" policy agenda (such as the development of the New Zealand film industry),[4] and undertook a stock take of government programs and their impact on New Zealand business.[5] Holden held the position as Deputy Secretary of the MED from November 2001. In October 2006, he became Deputy Secretary of the new Economic Strategy branch.

Holden also worked as a researcher for the 1986 Royal Commission on the Electoral System, which initiated electoral reform in New Zealand.[6]


  1. ^ "Appointment Of Chief Executive Of Ministry For Culture And Heritage". voxy.co.nz. 
  2. ^ "Ministry Leadership Team". Ministry for Culture and Heritage. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Young, Audrey (2 May 2009). "Political Diary". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Taiwan to join Kiwis in making martial legend". Taipei Times. 
  5. ^ Business to Business - MED stocktake[dead link]
  6. ^ "Royal Commission on the Electoral System" (PDF). 1986. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 

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