Geoff Short
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Geoff Short

Ministry of Māori Development / Te Puni Kōkiri

Hautū (deputy secretary), policy partnerships

  • Extensive experience in government working with Māori communities.
  • Previously executive director at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
  • Spent two months in 2020 at the National Crisis Management Centre responding to covid-19.
  • Reported to the PM on the child wellbeing and child poverty units’ performance.
  • Former assistant commissioner State Services Commission and deputy secretary Ministry of Education.
  • Connection with TPK spans more than a decade.
  • Studied at Waikato and Victoria Universities.


Office of the Minister of Education
Chief Education Advisor
Nov 2012 - Mar 2016
Ministry of Education / Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga
Deputy Secretary
Nov 2012 - Mar 2016
State Services Commission
Assistant Commissioner
Mar 2016 - Sep 2018
Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet / Te Tari o te Pirimia me te Komiti Matua
Executive Director for Child Wellbeing and Child Poverty Reduction
Sep 2018 - Jun 2020
Ministry of Māori Development / Te Puni Kōkiri
Deputy Secretary Policy Partnerships
Jun 2020 - Present

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