MPI's new business units launched

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The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) established 3 new business units yesterday – Biosecurity New Zealand, Fisheries New Zealand and New Zealand Food Safety.

The new business units provide increased focus on some of MPI's core responsibilities and align structure to Ministerial portfolios.

"The business units are intended to lift the visibility of the valuable work we do in biosecurity, fisheries, forestry and food safety and increase transparency for our stakeholders and the public," Martyn Dunne, Director-General of MPI said.

"Our new structure will enable us to deliver on MPI's ambitious agenda for the primary sector and New Zealand. Remaining one Ministry allows us to continue strengthening the capabilities and expertise we have built since our formation."

On 1 December 2017, a Government directive to create a stronger focus on MPI's core responsibilities was issued. 4 options for structural changes were considered and Cabinet decided that 4 new branded business units within MPI was the best option to achieve their objectives while minimising the cost and disruption to MPI.

A fourth business unit for Forestry will be officially launched by Minister Shane Jones on 11 May 2018.

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