Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

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Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Hikina Whakatutuki
Agency overview
Formed 2012
Preceding agencies
Jurisdiction New Zealand
Headquarters Defence House, 15 Stout St,
Annual budget Total budgets for 2016/17[1]
Vote Business, Science and Innovation
Vote Building and Housing
Vote Labour Market
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • David Smol
    Chief Executive
The MBIE head office on Stout Street, Wellington (the former Defence House)

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) (Māori: Hikina Whakatutuki) is the public service department of New Zealand charged with "delivering policy, services, advice and regulation" which contribute to New Zealand's economic productivity and business growth.[2]

Formed on 1 July 2012, MBIE is a merger of the Department of Building and Housing (DBH), the Department of Labour (DoL), the Ministry of Economic Development (MED), and the Ministry of Science and Innovation (MSI).[3]


Senior Leadership[4]

  • Chief Executive (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment)
    • Deputy Chief Executive - Immigration
    • Deputy Chief Executive - Corporate Governance and Infornation
    • Deputy Chief Executive - Building, Resources and Markets
    • Deputy Chief Executive - Labour, Science and Enterprise
    • Deputy Chief Executive - Market Services
    • Chief Financial Officer
    • Head of the Office of the Chief Executive

Operational functions[edit]

The Ministry manages a number of operational services, including:[2]


The Ministry serves 13 portfolios, 1 other responsibility, 13 ministers and 1 parliamentary undersecretary.[2]

Rt Hon John Key Minister of Tourism
Hon Bill English Minister Responsible for Housing New Zealand
Hon Steven Joyce Lead Minister (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment)
Minister for Economic Development
Minister for Regulatory Reform
Minister of Science and Innovation
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment
Hon Te Ururoa Flavell Associate Lead Minister (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) Associate Minister for Economic Development
Hon Paula Bennett Associate Minister of Tourism
Hon Amy Adams Minister for Communications
Hon Simon Bridges Minister of Energy and Resources
Hon Dr Nick Smith Minister of Building and Housing
Hon Nikki Kaye Minister for Accident Compensation Corporation
Hon Michael Woodhouse Minister of Immigration
Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety
Hon Craig Foss Minister for Small Business Associate Minister of Immigration
Hon Louise Upston Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment
Hon Paul Goldsmith Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Associate Minister for ACC
David Seymour MP Parliamentary Undersecretary (Regulatory Reform)


  1. ^ "Total Appropriations for Each Vote". 2016 Budget. The Treasury. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment". New Zealand Government. 
  3. ^ Joyce, Steven; Coleman, Jonathan (24 April 2012). "MBIE to proceed from 1 July" (Press release). 
  4. ^ "About us: Senior leadership". MBIE. 27 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "NHRP - Natural Hazards Research Platform". Retrieved 2015-03-10. NHRP - Natural Hazards Research Platform[:] A multi-party research platform funded by MBIE dedicated to increasing New Zealand's resilience to Natural Hazards via high quality collaborative research. 

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