Organisational structure

MPI is structured in to 8 branches along functional lines. These branches are how we organise people and manage the resources required to undertake initiatives.

Operations and Biosecurity New Zealand

Operations works to prevent harmful organisms crossing New Zealand's borders. It manages border and compliance activities as well as preparing for, and responding to, any biosecurity incursions that may occur.

The branch also manages MPI's centralised intelligence, planning, and coordination group, which was established to manage food, biosecurity, and animal welfare responses consistently and effectively.

Biosecurity New Zealand

Biosecurity New Zealand has been established to protect New Zealand from biosecurity incursions and pests. It will increase the visibility of some of the important biosecurity work we do at MPI, making the most of MPI’s scale and reach.

The biosecurity system protects New Zealand from imported pests and diseases that could harm the food and primary sector, New Zealand’s environment and biodiversity, and the health of New Zealanders.

Biosecurity New Zealand will help to do this by:

  • protecting New Zealand’s borders from biosecurity and pest incursions, through its border clearance services that screen incoming passengers and imported goods
  • providing diagnostic services and post-entry quarantine services to ensures goods are cleared before being allowed into New Zealand, and
  • running biosecurity response and readiness activities that manage and eradicate pests and diseases that have reached New Zealand.

While Biosecurity New Zealand will not be the only part of MPI that works to protect biosecurity, it will lead key areas of the biosecurity management system and work with other areas of MPI to strengthen the whole system. 

Policy and Trade

The Policy and Trade branch provides sector-level, strategic thinking, policy advice and analysis, and oversees government-to-government relationships to seize export opportunities.

The branch incorporates market access functions and leads MPI's involvement in New Zealand's trade system. It focuses on sustainable economic growth, resource management, and key issues of interest to New Zealand's primary sectors.

Fisheries New Zealand

Fisheries New Zealand operates the country’s fisheries management system, which provides New Zealanders with sustainable access to wild fisheries for tangata whenua, recreational and commercial fishers. Fisheries New Zealand monitors the sustainability of fish stocks and sets limits on commercial catches that maintain the balance between commercial and other uses. It enforces those limits and the rules associated with the system. It works with other agencies on broader marine management initiatives, including the proposed Marine Protected Areas (MPA) reform programme which is led by the Ministry for the Environment. In doing so, it seeks to balance competing economic, social, and cultural interests in those fisheries, and works closely with coastal communities.

Regulation and Assurance and NZ Food Safety

Regulation and Assurance supports primary producers, exporters, importers, and consumers by implementing the full range of MPI's legislative and regulatory frameworks. This branch maintains the core of MPI's regulatory functions. It ensures our regulatory settings and systems – for biosecurity, food safety, primary production, animal welfare, and fisheries management – have integrity and credibility. This work, in turn, gives our primary industries, consumers (local and international), and overseas regulators confidence and trust in New Zealand and its products.

New Zealand Food Safety

The branch also ensures that all parts of our regulatory systems are working through its audit, assurance, and monitoring functions. It works closely with the Operations branch in this role.

The food safety system encompasses all food and beverages for human consumption, pet foods, animal feed, and agricultural compounds and veterinary medicines. It includes all aspects of food supply chains, including production, import, processing, packaging, transporting, storage, sale, and export.

New Zealand provides good, healthy, and safe food to consumers, both domestically and internationally so it’s important to our economy that we maintain our trusted New Zealand food brand and reputation.

The Regulation & Assurance branch and other areas across MPI work together to ensure that consumers can trust that the food they eat is safe, suitable and accurately labelled. The Food Regulation, Assurance and Verification Services Directorates in particular hold responsibility for ensuring that food supply chains work to deliver our New Zealand Food Safety objectives:

  • protecting consumers
  • protecting New Zealand’s reputation
  • growing New Zealand’s international trade of our food products.

Sector Partnerships and Programmes 

The Sector Partnerships and Programmes (SPP) branch helps MPI drive innovation in the primary sectors in two ways. The first is the development, delivery, or strategic oversight of programmes and initiatives for promoting innovation and sustainable economic growth, like Primary Growth Partnerships, the Sustainable Farming Fund, and the Māori Agribusiness programme.

The second is advice on and maintenance of MPI's relationship and commitments to Māori arising from the Treaty of Waitangi and Treaty settlement agreements. This includes negotiating MPI's input into Treaty settlements and advice on policy and regulatory interventions that may affect Māori interests in the primary sectors.

Te Uru Rākau

Te Uru Rākau is leading the Government’s renewed focus on forestry, by supporting the ongoing development, growth, and management of the forestry sector. Te Uru Rākau works with the forestry sector to promote and protect New Zealand’s forestry resources. It funds programmes which encourage innovation and supports forestry projects that improve land production or reduce erosion.

Through the Emissions Trading Scheme, National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry, and the administration of the Forest Act 1949, Te Uru Rākau provides a regulatory environment that supports a healthy environment, resilient communities, and a sustainable sector.

Te Uru Rākau supports the Government in its goal of planting One Billion Trees and creating one vision for all of New Zealand for forestry.

Strategy, Performance and Engagement 

The Strategy, Performance and Engagement branch provides direction-setting and supporting services across MPI, and directly supports MPI's Director-General.

The branch's advice and services span:

  • strategy and planning
  • service design
  • project and portfolio management
  • legal services
  • communications and marketing
  • assurance, internal audit, and governance functions
  • ministerial processes
  • Official Information Act requests.

Corporate Services

The Corporate Services branch provides support services and maintains systems and work practices that enable MPI to deliver its core functions.

The branch has the following functions:

  • human resources – to look after systems and work practices that attract, develop, and retain MPI's employees
  • business technology and information services – to meet MPI's technology and information needs
  • finance, property, and procurement – to take care of our workspace, finances, and reporting needs
  • planning and transformation – to implement corporate initiatives.


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