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The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

Te Tari Taiwhenua

Building a safe, prosperous and respected nation


News and media contacts

Media contacts:

Policy, Regulatory and Ethnic Communities 

Including Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism, Anti-Spam, Censorship, Gambling, and Local Government:

  • Emma Blackmore – DDI: 04 495 6095

Service Delivery and Operations 

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

Service and System Transformation 

Including Government Chief Technology Officer, cross-government ICT transformation, Better Public Services Result 10 and Department of Internal Affairs ICT:

Information and Knowledge Services 

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

  • Kathryn Street – DDI: 04 460 2235

All other media enquiries

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:

Official Information Act (OIA) requests and correspondence

News releases

Archives New Zealand

Archives New Zealand news releases


Department of Internal Affairs corporate news releases

Media Statements 

Documents released by Internal Affairs in relation to Yang LIU:

National Library of New Zealand

Office of Ethnic Affairs

See above for Media Contacts (listed by service)