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The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

Te Tari Taiwhenua

Building a safe, prosperous and respected nation


Media contacts 

Civil Defence and Emergency Management

  • Duty Media Phone: 04 494 6951

Policy, Regulatory and Ethnic Affairs

Including Gambling, Censorship, Local Government:

  • Trevor Henry – Phone: 04 495 7211, Mobile: 021 245 8642

Service Delivery and Operations

Including Passports, Births, Deaths, Marriages, Civil Unions, Citizenship, Lottery and other grants:

  • Michael Mead – Phone: 04 382 3437, Mobile: 021 245 7451

Knowledge, Information, Research & Technology

Including the National Library, Archives New Zealand, Government Technology Services and the Government CIO:

  • Victoria Dew – Phone: 04 494 0686, Mobile: 021 755 983

All other Internal Affairs responsibilities

Including Ministerial and Secretariat Services:

  • Tony Wallace – Phone: 04 495 9472, Mobile: 027 440 2667

How we will work with you

The Department’s website includes lots of information giving useful background for stories. You can navigate through the links on the home page but because of the amount of information it may be much easier to use the search engine at the top right hand side of the home page. If you can’t find what you want by using the search engine, please send a note to and we will make improvements.

Department media staff usually switch their phones to their cell phones when away from their desks, or will return messages promptly. We want to hear from you, and will attempt to deal with your request to meet your deadlines. We often get calls from media about the activities of other government agencies, and are happy to direct your call to the right place.

If you are from Māori language media or media using another language we will try to meet your needs. We can use Language Line to interpret.

Department of Internal Affairs email addresses follow the form:

News releases

Archives New Zealand

Archives New Zealand news releases


Department of Internal Affairs corporate news releases

Documents released by Internal Affairs in relation to Yang LIU:

Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management

National Library of New Zealand

Office of Ethnic Affairs

See above for Media Contacts (listed by service)