Government ministers for the Ministry for Primary Industries

We work with 5 Government ministers across a range of portfolios. Find out who they are and their areas of responsibility.

MPI ministers and their portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) reports to 5 ministers across 7 portfolios:

Hon David Parker

Minister for Oceans and Fisheries

In the 2020 Labour Government, David Parker was also appointed as:

  • Attorney-General
  • Minister for the Environment
  • Minister of Revenue
  • Associate Minister of Finance.

Find out more about David Parker

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Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister for Oceans and Fisheries

MP Rino Tirikatene

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Hon Damien O'Connor

Minister of Agriculture, for Biosecurity, and for Rural Communities

In the 2020 Labour Government, Damien O’Connor was also appointed as:

  • Minister for Trade and Export Growth
  • Minister for Land Information.

Find out more about Damien O'Connor

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Hon Stuart Nash

Minister of Forestry

In the 2020 Labour Government, Stuart Nash was also given a suite of portfolios focused on supporting economic activity in our regions:

  • Minister for Economic and Regional Development
  • Tourism Minister
  • Minister for Small Business.

Find out more about Stuart  Nash

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Hon Ayesha Verrall

Minister for Food Safety

Dr Ayesha Verrall is a Labour list MP from Wellington. Dr Verrall is also:

  • Minister for Seniors
  • Associate Minister of Health
  • Associate Minister of Research, Science and Innovation.

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Hon Meka Whaitiri

Associate Minister of Agriculture (Animal Welfare)

Meka Whaitiri is also:

  • Minister of Customs
  • Minister for Veterans
  • Associate Minister of Statistics.

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