Steven Sutton
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Steven Sutton

Ministry of Māori Development / Te Puni Kōkiri

Hautū turuki (chief of staff, office of the secretary for Māori development)

  • Appointed May 2020.
  • Previously posted to China for five years by the Ministry for Primary Industries.
  • Served at NZ’s embassy in Beijing.
  • Proficient in spoken and written Mandarin.
  • Joined MPI as a senior solicitor in 2014.
  • Worked as an in-house lawyer for two years at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and in private commercial practise.
  • Holds degrees in history and law from the University of Otago, and a Master’s in history from the University of Cambridge.


Russell McVeagh
Senior Solicitor / Solicitor
Aug 2010 - Dec 2014
Ministry for Primary Industries / Manatū Ahu Matua
Long Term Language Trainee, Senior Solicitor
Jan 2014 - Mar 2017
Ministry for Primary Industries / Manatū Ahu Matua
Counsellor, New Zealand Embassy, First Secretary, New Zealand Embassy Beijing
May 2017 - Mar 2020
Ministry of Māori Development / Te Puni Kōkiri
Chief Of Staff
Mar 2020 - Present
Customs Service / Te Mana Arai o Aotearoa
Assurance and Risk Committee member
Jan 2021 - Present

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