Ngā tino whakapā i roto i Te Tari Taiwhenua
Key contacts in the Department of Internal Affairs

  • CHIEF EXECUTIVE
    Tumu Whakarae

    Paul James
    CHIEF EXECUTIVE Paul James
    • Secretary for Internal Affairs
    • Secretary for Local Government
    • Government Chief Digital Officer
  • OFFICE OF THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE

    Kim Chambers
    DIRECTOR (Acting) Kim Chambers

    Supports the Chief Executive to lead the Department and undertake his leadership responsibilities across the public sector.

  • INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE SERVICES
    Te Tāhuhu Iringa Kōrero

    Peter Murray
    DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE Peter Murray

    Leads the IKS branch that is home to the National Library of New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, the Tāhuhu Programme and Ministerial Services and Secretariat Support.

  • POLICY, REGULATION AND COMMUNITIES
    Toi Hiranga

    Marilyn Little
    DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE Marilyn Little

    Leads the PRC branch that provides policy advice and regulatory services, oversees the Local Government Commission, supports statutory inquiries, and manages private secretaries.

  • SERVICE DELIVERY AND OPERATIONS
    Kāwai ki te Iwi

    Maria Robertson
    DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE Maria Robertson

    Leads the SDO branch that provides public-facing life event and identity services for New Zealanders and oversees the regulatory role across the charitable sector and community operations.

  • CENTRAL/LOCAL GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIPS

    Michael Lovett
    DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE (Acting) Michael Lovett

    Leads CLGP that provides capability and network intelligence to support a range of activities across central government agencies that interface with local government.

  • ORGANISATIONAL STRATEGY AND PERFORMANCE
    Te Urungi

    Karl Le Quesne
    DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE Karl Le Quesne

    Leads the OSP branch that supports to the Chief Executive and Leadership Team on organisational strategy and performance, legal services, risk and assurance, and Māori Crown relations.

  • DIGITAL PUBLIC SERVICE
    Te Kōtui Whitiwhiti

    Ann Marie Cavanagh
    DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE Ann-Marie Cavanagh

    Leads the DPS branch that works with Government and others to ensure that New Zealanders have a better digital experience of Government.

  • OFFICE OF THE ETHNIC COMMUNITIES
    Te Tari Matawaka

    Anusha Guler
    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Anusher Guler

    Leads OEC which advises Government on ethnic diversity in New Zealand, and provides information, advice and services to, and for, ethnic communities.

  • ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITY AND SERVICES
    Ngā Tohu Ratonga

    Kate Wareham
    DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE Kate Wareham

    Leads the OCS branch that provides corporate support functions to other business groups in the Department (including statutory enquiries).