Ministry for Primary Industries (New Zealand)

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Ministry for Primary Industries
Māori: Manatū Ahu Matua
Ministry overview
Formed30 April 2012 (2012-04-30)
Preceding agencies
JurisdictionNew Zealand
Annual budgetTotal budgets for 2019/20[1]
Vote Agriculture, Biosecurity, Fisheries and Food Safety
Vote Forestry
Ministers responsible
Ministry executive
  • Ray Smith, Director-General
Child agencies
  • Agriculture & Investment Services
  • Biosecurity New Zealand
  • Fisheries New Zealand
  • New Zealand Food Safety
  • Te Uru Rākau (Māori for 'Forestry New Zealand') Edit this at Wikidata

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.


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).[2]

At the 2017 general election, Labour campaigned on disestablishing the Ministry and restoring the previous agencies. However, MPI was not disestablished; instead, it was restructured with Fisheries New Zealand, Forestry New Zealand, Biosecurity New Zealand and New Zealand Food Safety established as new business groups within the larger agency, alongside an agriculture and investment services unit.[3]

Te Uru Rākau, the New Zealand Forest Service, was re-established in May 2018 after its 1987 disestablishment. It is based in Rotorua.[4]


The Ministry is structured into eight sections. Each section is led by a deputy director-general.


The Ministry serves 6 portfolios, 4 ministers, an associate minister and a parliamentary under-secretary.

Officeholder Portfolio(s) Other responsibility(ies)
Hon Damien O'Connor Lead Minister (Ministry for Primary Industries)
Minister of Agriculture
Minister for Biosecurity
Hon Stuart Nash Minister of Forestry

Minister for Oceans and Fisheries

Hon Kieran McAnulty Minister for Rural Communities
Hon Meka Whaitiri Minister for Food Safety Associate Minister of Agriculture (Animal Welfare)
Jo Luxton Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the 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. ^ "Summary Tables for the Estimates of Appropriations 2019/20 – Total Appropriations for Each Vote". Budget 2019. The Treasury.
  2. ^ Carter, David (6 March 2012). "MAF to become Ministry for Primary Industries" (Press release). New Zealand Government.
  3. ^ O'Connor, Damien (13 December 2017). "O'Connor announces stronger focus for MPI". New Zealand Government. Retrieved 21 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Resurrection of forestry service celebrated". NZ Herald. Retrieved 14 February 2023.

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