New Zealand's State sector - the organisations

Last updated: 12 August 2015

SSC maintains an up to date list on this page of all the organisations of the State sector.

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Public Service


  • Business, Innovation, and Employment, Ministry of
  • Conservation, Department of
  • Corrections, Department of
  • Crown Law Office
  • Culture and Heritage, Ministry for
  • Defence, Ministry of
  • Education, Ministry of
  • Education Review Office
  • Environment, Ministry for the
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ministry of
  • Government Communications Security Bureau
  • Health, Ministry of
  • Inland Revenue Department
  • Internal Affairs, Department of
  • Justice, Ministry of
  • Land Information New Zealand
  • Māori Development, Ministry of
  • New Zealand Customs Service
  • Pacific Island Affairs, Ministry of
  • Primary Industries, Ministry for
  • Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of the
  • Serious Fraud Office
  • Social Development, Ministry of
  • State Services Commission
  • Statistics New Zealand
  • Transport, Ministry of
  • Treasury, The
  • Women's Affairs, Ministry of (also known as Ministry for Women)

Departmental agencies

  • Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (hosted by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet)

Non-Public Service departments

In the State Services

  • New Zealand Defence Force
  • New Zealand Police
  • New Zealand Security Intelligence Service
  • Parliamentary Counsel Office

In the wider State sector

  • Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives
  • Parliamentary Service

Crown entities

In the State Services

Statutory entities


  • Accident Compensation Corporation
  • Callaghan Innovation
  • Careers New Zealand
  • Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand
  • District Health Boards:
    • Auckland
    • Bay of Plenty
    • Canterbury
    • Capital and Coast
    • Counties-Manukau
    • Hawke's Bay
    • Hutt
    • Lakes
    • MidCentral
    • Nelson Marlborough
    • Northland
    • South Canterbury
    • Southern
    • Tairawhiti
    • Taranaki
    • Waikato
    • Wairarapa
    • Waitemata
    • West Coast
    • Whanganui
  • Earthquake Commission
  • Education New Zealand
  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority
  • Environmental Protection Authority
  • Health Promotion Agency
  • Health Quality and Safety Commission
  • Health Research Council of New Zealand
  • Housing New Zealand Corporation
  • Maritime New Zealand
  • New Zealand Antarctic Institute
  • New Zealand Blood Service
  • New Zealand Fire Service Commission
  • New Zealand Qualifications Authority
  • New Zealand Tourism Board
  • New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
  • New Zealand Transport Agency
  • New Zealand Walking Access Commission
  • Pharmaceutical Management Agency
  • Real Estate Agents Authority
  • Social Workers Registration Board
  • Sport and Recreation New Zealand
  • Tertiary Education Commission
  • WorkSafe New Zealand


  • Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa
  • Broadcasting Commission
  • Families Commission (also known as Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit or SUPERU)
  • Government Superannuation Fund Authority
  • Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation
  • Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Board
  • New Zealand Artificial Limb Service
  • New Zealand Film Commission
  • New Zealand Lotteries Commission
  • New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • Public Trust
  • Retirement Commissioner
  • Standards Council
  • Te Reo Whakapuaki Irirangi (Māori Broadcasting Funding Agency)
  • Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission)
  • Testing Laboratory Registration Council


  • Broadcasting Standards Authority
  • Children's Commissioner
  • Commerce Commission
  • Drug Free Sport New Zealand
  • Electoral Commission
  • Electricity Authority
  • External Reporting Board
  • Financial Markets Authority
  • Health and Disability Commissioner
  • Human Rights Commission
  • Independent Police Conduct Authority
  • Law Commission
  • New Zealand Productivity Commission
  • Office of Film and Literature Classification
  • Privacy Commissioner
  • Takeovers Panel
  • Transport Accident Investigation Commission 

Crown entity companies

  • Crown Research Institutes (CRIs):
    • AgResearch Limited
    • Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited
    • Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Limited
    • Landcare Research New Zealand Limited
    • National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited
    • New Zealand Forest Research Institute Limited
    • New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited, The
  • Crown Irrigation Investments Limited
  • New Zealand Venture Investment Fund Limited
  • Radio New Zealand Limited
  • Television New Zealand Limited

Crown entity subsidiaries

School Boards of Trustees

2,435 approx. (including Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu – The Correspondence School)

In the wider State sector

Tertiary education institutions

    • Auckland University of Technology
    • Lincoln University
    • Massey University
    • University of Auckland
    • University of Canterbury
    • University of Otago
    • University of Waikato
    • Victoria University of Wellington 
    • Aoraki Polytechnic (Timaru)
    • Bay of Plenty Polytechnic (Tauranga)
    • Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (Christchurch)
    • Eastern Institute of Technology (Taradale)
    • Manukau Institute of Technology (Manukau City)
    • Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (Nelson)
    • Northland Polytechnic (Whangarei)
    • Open Polytechnic of New Zealand (Lower Hutt)
    • Otago Polytechnic (Dunedin)
    • Southern Institute of Technology (Invercargill)
    • Tai Poutini Polytechnic (Greymouth)
    • Unitec Institute of Technology (Auckland)
    • Universal College of Learning (Palmerston North)
    • Waiariki Institute of Technology (Rotorua)
    • Waikato Institute of Technology (Hamilton)
    • Wellington Institute of Technology (Petone)
    • Western Institute of Technology (New Plymouth)
    • Whitireia Community Polytechnic (Porirua)
    • Te Wananga o Aotearoa (Te Awamutu)
    • Te Wananga o Raukawa (Otaki)
    • Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi (Whakatane)

Public Finance Act Schedule 4 Organisations

Fish and Game Councils

  • New Zealand Fish and Game Council
  • Fish and Game Councils (12)

Reserves Boards (22)


  • Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust
  • Asia New Zealand Foundation
  • Leadership Development Centre Trust
  • National Pacific Radio Trust
  • Ngai Tahu Ancillary Claims Trust
  • Pacific Co-operation Foundation
  • Pacific Island Business Development Trust
  • Te Ariki Trust

Other (bodies corporate)

  • Game Animal Council
  • Māori Trustee, the
  • New Zealand Game Bird Habitat Trust Board
  • New Zealand Government Property Corporation
  • Sentencing Council (never established)

Other (unincorporated)

  • New Zealand Lottery Grants Board

Public Finance Act Schedule 4A Companies

  • Crown Asset Management Limited
  • Crown Fibre Holdings Limited
  • Education Payroll Limited
  • Fairway Resolution Limited
  • Health Benefits Limited (ceased operation)
  • Network for Learning Limited, The
  • Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand Limited
  • Southern Response Earthquake Services Limited
  • Tamaki Redevelopment Company Limited

Reserve Bank of New Zealand

(a stand alone agency within the State Services that does not fall under any State Services category)

Offices of Parliament 

  • Office of the Ombudsmen
  • The Controller and Auditor-General
  • The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment

State-owned enterprises

  • Airways Corporation of New Zealand Limited
  • Animal Control Products Limited
  • AsureQuality Limited
  • Electricity Corporation of New Zealand Limited
  • KiwiRail Holdings Limited
  • Kordia Group Limited
  • Landcorp Farming Limited
  • Learning Media Limited (in liquidation)
  • Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited
  • New Zealand Post Limited
  • New Zealand Railways Corporation
  • Quotable Value Limited
  • Solid Energy New Zealand Limited
  • Transpower New Zealand Limited

Mixed Ownership Model companies

  • Genesis Energy Limited
  • Meridian Energy Limited
  • Mighty River Power Limited