Alison McDonald
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Alison McDonald

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment / Hīkina Whakatutuki

Deputy secretary, immigration

  • Leads Immigration NZ.
  • Previously deputy chief executive services for children and families (south) at Oranga Tamariki, deputy commissioner for performance improvement at the Public Service Commission) and director of Customs’ 2020 transformation programme.
  • Made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2008 for work at Customs in the UK.


HM Revenue & Customs
Human Resources Director, Director Tax Credits and Child Benefit
Mar 2011 - Oct 2013
State Services Commission
Deputy Commissioner
Oct 2013 - May 2016
NZ Customs Service
Programme Director Customs 2020
May 2016 - May 2017
Ministry for Children / Oranga Tamariki
Deputy Chief Executive Children and Families (South)
May 2017 - Jun 2021
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment / Hīkina Whakatutuki
Deputy Secretary Immigration New Zealand
Jul 2021 - Present

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