Department of Internal Affairs


Our purpose

The Department of Internal Affairs serves and connects people, communities and government to build a safe, prosperous and respected nation.

Tā tātou Whāinga

ko tā te Tari Taiwhenua he whakarato me te hono i ngā iwi, ngā hapori me te kāwanatanga ki te hanga motu haumaru, tōnui, whai mana hoki.


The Department of Internal Affairs works for six ministers and administers seven portfolios within a single Vote: Internal Affairs. We have four branches and one ministry that provide specialist services and advice to the public and government, and two branches with a predominantly internal focus.

The Department has six branches:

  • Strategy and Governance branch
  • Information and Knowledge Services branch
  • Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management
  • Policy, Regulatory and Ethnic Affairs branch
  • Service Delivery and Operations branch 
  • Service and System Transformation branch
  • Shared Services branch
  • Related Information

In addition to the groups and functions listed below, each branch includes a Development and Support group, to provide direct support to the Deputy CE on strategic and business issues.

Organisation Size
Very Large
Organisation Stage
Serves the following communities
Any sector, Community Development, Emergency & Disaster Relief, Ethnic

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