Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

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Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Hīkina Whakatutuki
Agency overview
Formed 2012
Preceding agencies
Jurisdiction New Zealand
Headquarters Defence House, 15 Stout St,
Annual budget Total budgets for 2017/18[1]
Vote Business, Science and Innovation
Vote Building and Housing
Vote Labour Market
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • Carolyn Tremain
    Chief Executive
Child agencies
The MBIE head office on Stout Street, Wellington (the former Defence House)

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE; Māori: Hīkina Whakatutuki) is the public service department of New Zealand charged with "delivering policy, services, advice and regulation" which contribute to New Zealand's economic productivity and business growth.[5]

Formed on 1 July 2012, MBIE is a merger of the Department of Building and Housing (DBH), the Department of Labour (DoL), the Ministry of Economic Development (MED), and the Ministry of Science and Innovation (MSI).[6]


Senior Leadership[7]

  • Chief Executive (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment)
    • Deputy Chief Executive - Immigration
    • Deputy Chief Executive - Corporate Governance and Information
    • Deputy Chief Executive - Building, Resources and Markets
    • Deputy Chief Executive - Labour, Science and Enterprise
    • Deputy Chief Executive - Market Services
    • Chief Financial Officer
    • Head of the Office of the Chief Executive

Operational functions[edit]

The Ministry manages a number of operational services, including:[5]


The Ministry serves 15 portfolios, 1 other responsibility, 12 ministers and 1 Parliamentary under-secretary.[5][14]

Hon David Parker Lead Minister (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment)
Minister for Economic Development
Minister Responsible for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Hon Kelvin Davis Minister of Tourism
Hon Dr Megan Woods Minister of Energy and Resources
Minister of Research, Science and Innovation
Hon Andrew Little Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry
Hon Stuart Nash Minister for Small Business
Hon Iain Lees-Galloway Minister for ACC
Minister of Immigration
Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety
Hon Jenny Salesa Minister for Building and Construction
Hon Shane Jones Minister for Infrastructure
Minister for Regional Economic Development
Hon Kris Faafoi Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Minister for Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media
Associate Minister for Immigration
Hon Willie Jackson Minister for Employment
Fletcher Tabuteau Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister for Regional Economic Development


  1. ^ "Total Appropriations for Each Vote". 2017 Budget. The Treasury.
  2. ^ a b "Immigration New Zealand". MBIE. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b "About us". Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. 2017-04-12. Retrieved 2017-08-24.
  4. ^ a b "Pike River Mine Factsheet" (PDF). Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment". New Zealand Government.
  6. ^ Joyce, Steven; Coleman, Jonathan (24 April 2012). "MBIE to proceed from 1 July" (Press release).
  7. ^ "About us: Senior leadership". MBIE. 27 April 2016.
  8. ^ "About us". 2016-03-23. Retrieved 2016-10-24. MBIE's Government Procurement branch [...] is responsible for improving procurement results across government [...].
  9. ^ "Government welcomes Māori forestry collective announcement". Scoop. Scoop. 2016-05-18. Retrieved 2016-11-08. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and Te Puni Kokiri (TPK) welcomed the announcement of Te Taitokerau Maori Forestry Collective Incorporated's Action Plan to 2020 launched today at the He Kai Kei Aku Ringa (HKKAR) Regional Hui in Kerikeri.
  10. ^ "Māori Economic Development". Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. 2015. Retrieved 2016-11-08. In 2011, the Ministers for Economic Development and Māori Affairs established an independent Māori Economic Development Panel, tasked with developing a Māori Economic Strategy and Action Plan. [...] He kai kei aku ringa (providing the food you need with your own hands), the Māori Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan was subsequently released in 2012. [...] He kai kei aku ringa focuses on boosting Māori economic performance, and is being implemented through a Crown Māori Economic Growth Partnership. [...] The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) is the lead public sector agency responsible for coordinating the public sector’s role in the partnership. MBIE also works with the Māori Economic Development Advisory Board to carry out this role.
  11. ^ "NHRP - Natural Hazards Research Platform". Retrieved 2015-03-10. NHRP - Natural Hazards Research Platform[:] A multi-party research platform funded by MBIE dedicated to increasing New Zealand's resilience to Natural Hazards via high quality collaborative research.
  12. ^ "Strategic Science Investment Fund". Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. 2016-10-26. Retrieved 2016-10-27. Budget 2016 brings a number of investments into a single new Strategic Science Investment Fund (SSIF). [...] The fund will provide a mechanism for MBIE to initiate, evaluate and compare for effectiveness a range of different strategic science investments.
  13. ^ "Unlocking Māori potential". Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. 2016-01-08. Retrieved 2016-10-27. The Vision Mātauranga policy unlocks the science and innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources and people. [...] The former Ministry of Research, Science and Technology (MoRST) developed this Vision Mātauranga policy. It remains the guiding policy for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
  14. ^ "Briefing for the Incoming Minister Responsible for MBIE" (PDF). Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment. 26 October 2017. p. 4. Retrieved 8 January 2018.

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