Secretary for Internal Affairs

  • Paul James

    Paul James

Paul James

Paul was appointed as Secretary for Department of Internal Affairs (Te Tari Taiwhenua) in 2018 and is a current member of the Public Service Leadership Team.

He was previously the Chief Executive for Ministry for Culture and Heritage (Manatū Taonga) from August 2015. He brings extensive experience in strategic policy development, leading change and working collaboratively and effectively across Government and communities.

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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