Secretary for Internal Affairs

  • Paul James

    Paul James

Paul James

Paul was appointed to Secretary for Internal Affairs in 2018. He was previously the Chief Executive for Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage from August 2015. He brings to the role extensive experience in strategic policy development, leading and managing change and working effectively with a diverse group of stakeholders.

Prior to joining Manatū Taonga in 2015, Paul was the Deputy Chief Executive, Policy, Regulatory and Ethnic Affairs (now Policy, Regulation and Communities) at Te Tari Taiwhenua Department of Internal Affairs from 2011. He was also responsible for negotiating treaty settlements as the Director of Office of Treaty Settlements at the Ministry of Justice. In this post, Paul oversaw a significant increase in the rate of settlements achieved.

Paul’s other senior public sector roles have included Policy Manager Family Law (2002 to 2004) and General Manager Public Law (2004 to 2006) at the Ministry of Justice, along with policy roles in the Treasury, Accident Compensation Corporation, and Te Puni Kōkiri – as the government’s principal adviser on its relationship with iwi and hapū.

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