Michael Lovett
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Michael Lovett

Department of Internal Affairs / Te Tari Taiwhenua

Deputy chief executive local government

  • Responsible for digital local government partnership, inquiry into funding of local government, community resilience, and central North Island partnerships . Previously worked as a senior manager in operational and policy agencies in the public sector, including at the Ministry of Social Development, Ministry for the Environment and Department of Corrections. Provides capability and network intelligence to central government agencies that liaise with local government. Role covers the central North Island. Originally a forensic psychologist, and holds a Bachelor of science and an Executive Master of public administration.


Department of Corrections / Ara Poutama Aotearoa
Senior Manager (various roles)
Jan 2004 - Nov 2010
Ministry for The Environment / Manatū mō te Taiao
Manager, International Climate and Environment., Manager, Resource Management Performance and Monitoring
Oct 2010 - Apr 2015
Ministry of Social Development / Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora
Director Centralised Services
Apr 2015 - Aug 2017
Department of Internal Affairs / Te Tari Taiwhenua
Deputy Chief Executive, Local Government, Deputy Chief Executive Central Local Government Partnerships (Acting), Central Local Government Partnerships Director
Aug 2017 - Present

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