MPI reports to 4 ministers across 6 portfolios.
Hon Damien O'Connor
Minister of Agriculture and Minister for Biosecurity, Food Safety, and Rural Communities
Hon Damien O'Connor’s background in farming and adventure tourism drives his view that we need well-paid, sustainable jobs, and industry growth to improve our future.
He is a passionate advocate for rural communities and for a thriving agricultural sector.
Damien was first elected to Parliament in 1993 and has served as a minister in both the 5th and 6th Labour Governments.
Hon Stuart Nash
Minister of Fisheries
Minister Stuart Nash is the Labour Member of Parliament for the Napier electorate. In 2017 he was sworn in as Minister of Police, Fisheries, Revenue and Small Business.
As a businessman and a politician, Stuart knows we must be innovative to achieve a sustainable global competitive advantage.
He entered politics with the aim of truly making a difference by sharing his skills, experience and passion.
Hon Shane Jones
Minister of Forestry
Shane Jones is a List MP based in Kerikeri. He was Ambassador for Pacific Economic Development and a Member of Parliament from 2005 to 2014. During his 9 years in Parliament, he held several ministerial portfolios.
He has a long history of involvement in the fisheries sector and New Zealand’s Māori fisheries settlement. Shane Jones was born in Awanui, Northland, and his Māori tribal links are to Te Aupouri, Ngai Takoto.
Hon Meka Whaitiri
Associate Minister of Agriculture
Ko Te Tairawhiti Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ngā iwi.
Hon Meka Whaitiri was born and raised in Manutuke, Gisborne, and educated in Hastings. She has a Masters in Education from Victoria University.
Meka has a strong Māori governance background and sound knowledge of how government and Parliament works. She was Deputy Secretary in the Department of Labour, and was also previously a senior adviser to the Minister of Māori Affairs.