Organisational structure

MPI is structured in to 6 branches along functional lines. These branches are how we organise people and manage the resources required to undertake initiatives.


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 co-ordination group, which was established to manage food, biosecurity, and animal welfare responses consistently and effectively.

Policy and Trade

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

Regulation and Assurance

Regulation and Assurance supports primary producers 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, and primary production (including 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 products.

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.

Sector Partnerships and Programmes

The Sector Partnerships and Programmes (SPP) branch help 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.

Office of the Director-General

Office of the Director-General 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.

The branch is also responsible for the commercial Crown Forestry operation.

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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