Ministry for Primary Industries (New Zealand)

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Ministry for Primary Industries
Manatū Ahu Matua
Agency overview
Preceding agencies
JurisdictionNew Zealand
HeadquartersPastoral House,
25 The Terrace,
Annual budgetVote Primary Industries and Food Safety
Total budget for 2017/18
Agency executive
  • Ray Smith,
    Chief Executive and Director-General

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) (Māori: Manatū Ahu Matua) is the public service department of New Zealand charged with overseeing, managing and regulating the farming, fishing, food, animal welfare, biosecurity, and forestry sectors of New Zealand's primary industries. In December 2017, Agriculture, Food Safety and Biosecurity Minister Damien O'Connor announced that the Ministry of Primary Industries would be reorganised into four entities: Fisheries New Zealand, Forestry New Zealand, Biosecurity New Zealand and New Zealand Food Safety, existing within the one ministry.[2]


Formed in April 2012, MPI is a merger of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), the Ministry of Fisheries (MFish), and the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA).[3]


The Ministry serves 6 portfolios and 4 ministers.

Hon Damien O'Connor Lead Minister (Ministry for Primary Industries)
Minister of Agriculture
Minister for Biosecurity
Minister for Food Safety
Minister for Rural Communities
Hon Stuart Nash Minister of Fisheries
Hon Shane Jones Minister of Forestry
Hon Meka Whaitiri Associate Minister of Agriculture

List of Ministers for Primary Industries[edit]

Colour key
(for political parties)
No. Name Portrait Term of office Party
1 David Carter David Carter Senate of Poland 2015 01.JPG 14 December 2011 28 January 2013 Key
2 Nathan Guy Minister Nathan Guy - photo.jpg 28 January 2013 26 October 2017

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Total Appropriations for Each Vote". Budget 2017. The Treasury.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Carter, David (6 March 2012). "MAF to become Ministry for Primary Industries" (Press release). New Zealand Government.

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