Paul James
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Paul James

Department of Internal Affairs / Te Tari Taiwhenua

Secretary for internal affairs

  • Appointed 2018.
  • Member of the public service leadership team.
  • Previously the chief executive for Ministry for Culture and Heritage/Manatū Taonga from August 2015.
  • Extensive experience in strategic policy development, leading change and working for the government and in communities.
  • Had been deputy chief executive, policy, regulatory and ethnic affairs at Te Tari Taiwhenua/Department of Internal Affairs from 2011.
  • Former director of the Office of Treaty Settlements at the Ministry of Justice.


Ministry of Justice / Tāhū o te Ture
Director of the Office of Treaty Settlements
Jan 2006 - Apr 2011
Department of Internal Affairs / Te Tari Taiwhenua
Deputy Chief Executive, Policy Regulatory and Ethnic Affairs
Apr 2011 - Jun 2015
Ministry for Culture and Heritage / Manatū Taonga
Chief Executive
Aug 2015 - Oct 2018
Department of Internal Affairs / Te Tari Taiwhenua
Chief Executive
Oct 2018 - Present

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