Paul James is the Ministry’s Chief Executive.
Paul was formerly the Deputy Chief Executive, Policy, Regulatory and Ethnic Affairs with the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) with a previous position as the Director of the Office of Treaty Settlements from 2006-2011.
Paul is an experienced senior public servant and brings strong skills to this role including extensive experience in strategic policy development, leading and managing change and working effectively with a diverse group of stakeholders
Other senior roles include in the Ministry of Justice, as Policy Manager Family Law between 2002 and 2004, and General Manager Public Law between 2004 and 2006. Paul James has also worked in policy roles in The Treasury, Accident Compensation Corporation, and Te Puni Kokiri.
Corporate Services Branch Manager
I joined the Ministry as Finance and Administration Manager in 1992. The role broadened into Corporate Services Manager as the Ministry grew, and I now head the Corporate Services Branch, overseeing the running of key support services including communications, finance, human resources, information management and legal. The Corporate Services Branch is also responsible for accountability documents and reports to the Government about the outputs of the Ministry.
I’ve worked in government for the last 30 years, and before joining the Ministry I had finance roles in the Department of Internal Affairs, the Department of Māori Affairs and the Ministry of Transport.
I have a BCA and a Master of Public Management from Victoria University of Wellington.
[Matt is currently on leave until 31 October 2016 and Nerissa Barber is the Acting Corporate Services Branch Manager].
Pou Ārahi Whakahaere
I’ve worked as a strategic leadership, communications and management consultant for 25 years, including roles in Television New Zealand, the Department of Māori Affairs, Industry New Zealand, for iwi runanga and tribal trust boards, and for Māori and community health and research and economic development organisations. From 1993 to 1996 I was the inaugural Chief Executive of Te Māngai Pāho. In my role as Pou Ārahi Whakahaere at the Ministry, I continue to strengthen the Ministry's Māori engagement strategy Te Rautaki Taonga Māori and provide leadership across the sector.
I have a passion for the written and spoken word, films, music and art history, so I've landed in a great workplace.
My iwi affiliations are Ngāpuhi, Te Aupouri, Ngāti Kahu and Ngāti Porou.
I hold a Masters of Business Administration from Massey University and am a graduate of the Paulo Freire Institute for the Development of People in Paris. I've also taught at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.
Group Manager Policy and Sector Performance
Karen joined us from the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) where Karen was the Director, Food and Regulatory Policy in the Policy and Trade Branch. Karen has worked at MPI, formerly the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, in various roles since 2005. Karen has also run her own consulting business undertaking work with the Reserve Bank, Productivity Commission and Crown Law Office. Prior to this she spent several years of her career at The Treasury, including as the Manager of the Environment and Natural Resources Team. Karen has significant experience in strategic policy, regulatory regimes and law reform. Karen has a personal interest and commitment to heritage, as President of the Friends of Mount Street Cemetery and a committee member of the Friends of Bolton Street Cemetery.
Group Manager Delivery
Heather joined us from the Ministry of Justice where she was Acting General Manager, District Courts Service Delivery. Her substantive role was General Manager, Special Jurisdictions which included Coroners, Māori Land, Environment and Employment Courts as well as the Waitangi Tribunal and she has spent several years in a variety of leadership roles across Courts and Tribunals. Prior to that Heather worked at the Office of Treaty Settlements where she led the resolution of historic claims and the restoration of the Crown's relationship with Iwi and Hapu up and down the country. Heather has Ngati Maniapoto and Te Atiawa iwi affiliations.