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Our Organisation

The Department is New Zealand's oldest, tracing its origins back to the first Colonial Secretary's Office established in 1840. It is fondly known as 'the Mother of all Departments', because of its involvement in nurturing a wide range of government organisations. Diversity has been a consistent characteristic throughout its history.

Today, the Department:

  • employs about 1,000 people in 17 locations throughout New Zealand, plus offices in Sydney and London
  • has revenues of about $118 million per year from both Crown and external sources.

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Last updated: 30/09/2003