Public sector organisations in New Zealand comprise the state sector organisations plus those 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 of the House of Representatives[2] and the Parliamentary Service[3]), Executive Branch non-public service departments, and the public service departments are all part of "the Crown".[4]

State sector

See also: State Sector Act 1988

Offices of Parliament

State services departments

Public service departments

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

  • replaces the Office of Ethnic Communities (previously Ethnic Affairs) that was part of Internal Affairs[6]

State services organisations outside the core public service

Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Crown entities

Main article: Crown entities

Crown agents
Autonomous crown entities
Independent crown entities
Crown entity companies
Crown Research Institutes (CRIs)

Main article: Crown Research Institute

(with principal campuses)

School boards of trustees

See: Education in New Zealand

Tertiary education institutions

Main article: Education in New Zealand § Tertiary education

See also: Tertiary education in New Zealand

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.


(and amalgamated colleges of education, with principal campus only)

Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

(with principal campus only)


Main article: Wānanga

(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

State-owned enterprises

Main article: State-owned enterprises of New Zealand

The state enterprises are listed in Schedule 1 of the State-owned Enterprises Act.[8]

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.[10] Local authorities may set up various council-controlled organisations for specific purposes.

Regional councils

Main article: Regions of New Zealand

City and district councils

Main article: Territorial authorities of New Zealand

Historic organisations

See also


  1. ^ State Services Commission Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Office of the Clerk of the House of representatives Act 1988 (Retrieved 25 January 2015)
  3. ^ a b the Parliamentary Service Act 2000 (Retrieved 25 January 2015)
  4. ^ State Services Commission Archived 22 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "NHRP – Natural Hazards Research Platform". Retrieved 10 March 2015. 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.
  6. ^ "History of the Ministry for Ethnic Communities" (PDF). Ministry for Ethnic Communities. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Parliamentary Service". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Schedule 1 – State enterprises". State-Owned Enterprises Act 1986. Parliamentary Counsel Office.
  9. ^ "Solid Energy announces voluntary administration ahead of sale". Stuff.
  10. ^ "Local Government Sector". Local Government New Zealand. Archived from the original on 24 October 2009.