Public sector organisations in New Zealand

Public sector organisations in New Zealand
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Public sector organisations in New Zealand include the State sector plus the organisations of local government.

Within the State sector lies the State services, and within this, lies the core Public service.[1]

Legally, the Legislative Branch non-Public Service Departments (the Office of the Clerk and Parliamentary Services), Executive Branch non-Public Service Departments, and the Public Service Departments are all part of "the Crown".[2]


State sector

Officers of Parliament

State services departments

Public service departments

The public service in New Zealand technically consists of solely the departments listed below.

State services organisations outside the core public service

Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Crown entities

Crown agents

Autonomous crown entities

Independent crown entities

Crown entity companies
Crown Research Institutes (CRIs)

(with principal campuses)

  • AgResearch (New Zealand Pastoral Agriculture Research Institute Limited) (Ruakura, Hamilton)
  • Crop & Food Research (New Zealand Institute for Crop and Food Research Limited) (Lincoln)
  • ESR (Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited) (Porirua)
  • Forest Research (New Zealand Forest Research Institute Limited) (Rotorua)
  • GNS Science (formerly Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Limited) (Lower Hutt)
  • HortResearch (The Horticulture and Food Research Institute of New Zealand Limited) (Auckland)
  • IRL (Industrial Research Limited) Web page (Lower Hutt)
  • Landcare Research (Landcare Research New Zealand Limited) (Lincoln)
  • NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited) (Wellington)
  • Institute For Social Research and Development Limited (Wellington). Disestablished in 1995 after failing to achieve financial viability.

School boards of trustees

See: Education in New Zealand

Tertiary education institutions

State-owned tertiary institutions consist of universities, colleges of education (teachers colleges), polytechnics (institutes of technology) and wānanga. In addition there are numerous non-state-owned private training establishments.

  • See also: Tertiary education institution

(and amalgamated colleges of education, with principal campuses)

Colleges of education

(with campuses)

Polytechnics and institutes of technology

(with principal campus only)

See also: Institute of technology#New Zealand


(with principal campus only)

The following wānanga are those who have been granted Crown entity status; there are many that have not.

Public Finance Act Schedule 4 Organisations

  • Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust
  • Asia New Zealand Foundation
  • Auckland Transition Agency
  • Fish and Game Councils
    • Auckland and Waikato
    • Central South Island
    • Eastern
    • Hawke’s Bay
    • Nelson Marlborough
    • North Canterbury
    • Northland
    • Otago
    • Southland
    • Taranaki
    • Wellington
    • West Coast
  • Leadership Development Centre Trust
  • Maori Trustee, The
  • National Pacific Radio Trust
  • New Zealand Fast Forward Limited
  • New Zealand Fish and Game Council
  • New Zealand Game Bird Habitat Trust Board
  • New Zealand Government Property Corporation
  • New Zealand Lottery Grants Board
  • Ngai Tahu Ancillary Claims Trust
  • Pacific Co-operation Foundation
  • Pacific Island Business Development Trust
  • Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand Limited
  • Reserve Boards (24)
  • Road Safety Trust
  • Sentencing Council

State-owned enterprises

(see also the State-Owned Enterprises Act 1986 as amended)

Local government

Local government in New Zealand consists of city councils, district councils and regional councils. These are all also known as "local authorities". City councils and district councils are collectively known as territorial authorities.[3]

Regional councils

City and district councils

Historic departments

  • New Zealand Railways Department (corporatised in 1981 as a state-owned enterprise, the New Zealand Railways Corporation, including the infrastructure, which is now ONTRACK)
  • Ministry of Works (formerly the Department of Public Works)
  • New Zealand Post Office (corporatised in 1987 as New Zealand Post, PostBank and Telecom)
  • Land Transport New Zealand
  • State Hydro Department, became New Zealand Electricity Department, then NZE, then ECNZ
  • Department of Social Welfare (restructured in 1999)
    • Income Support Service became Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ)
    • Children, Young Persons and their Families Agency became Child Youth and Family Service
    • the remainder of core services became part of the Ministry of Social Policy.

See also

For local government, see:


External links

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