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. 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, 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, 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
Minister for Rural Communities
Hon Stuart Nash Minister of Forestry
Hon David Parker Minister for Oceans and Fisheries
Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall Minister for Food Safety
Hon Meka Whaitiri Associate Minister of Agriculture (Animal Welfare)
Rino Tirikatene Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister for Oceans and Fisheries

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. ^ O'Connor, Damien (13 December 2017). "O'Connor announces stronger focus for MPI". New Zealand Government. Retrieved 21 November 2021.
  3. ^ Carter, David (6 March 2012). "MAF to become Ministry for Primary Industries" (Press release). New Zealand Government.

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