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Public sector agencies

This is a list of New Zealand public sector agencies showing which agencies must apply the Government Rules of Sourcing. The list below was last updated in August 2016. If you need a print out of this list download the New Zealand Public Sector Agencies [107KB PDF].

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Public Service

The following Public Services are required to apply to Government Rules of Sourcing.

  1. Crown Law Office
  2. Department of Conservation (DOC)
  3. Department of Corrections
  4. Department of Internal Affairs (DIA)
  5. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  6. Education Review Office
  7. Government Communications Security Bureau
  8. Inland Revenue Department (IRD)
  9. Land Information New Zealand (LINZ)
  10. Ministry for Culture and Heritage
  11. Ministry for the Environment
  12. Ministry of Pacific Peoples
  13. Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)
  14. Ministry for Women
  15. Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
  16. Ministry of Defence
  17. Ministry of Education
  18. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT)
  19. Ministry of Health
  20. Ministry of Justice (incl. Legal Services Agency)
  21. Ministry of Maori Development (Te Puni Kokiri)
  22. Ministry of Social Development (MSD)
  23. Ministry of Transport
  24. New Zealand Customs Service
  25. Serious Fraud Office
  26. State Services Commission
  27. Statistics New Zealand
  28. The Treasury

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State Services (1)

The following State Services are required to apply to Government Rules of Sourcing.

Non-Public Service Departments

  1. New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF)
  2. New Zealand Police
  3. New Zealand Security Intelligence Service
  4. Parliamentary Counsel Office


Crown Agents

  1. Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC)
  2. Callaghan Innovation
  3. Careers New Zealand
  4. Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand


  1. Auckland District Health Board

  2. Bay of Plenty District Health Board

  3. Canterbury District Health Board

  4. Capital and Coast District Health Board

  5. Counties Manukau District Health Board

  6. Hawke's Bay District Health Board

  7. Hutt District Health Board

  8. Lakes District Health Board

  9. MidCentral District Health Board

  10. Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

  11. Northland District Health Board

  12. South Canterbury District Health Board

  13. Southern District Health Board

  14. Tairawhiti District Health Board

  15. Taranaki District Health Board

  16. Waikato District Health Board

  17. Wairarapa District Health Board

  18. Waitemata District Health Board

  19. West Coast District Health Board

  20. Whanganui District Health Board


  1. Earthquake Commission
  2. Education New Zealand
  3. Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority
  4. Environmental Protection Authority
  5. Health Promotion Agency
  6. Health Quality and Safety Commission
  7. Health Research Council of New Zealand
  8. Housing New Zealand Corporation
  9. Maritime New Zealand
  10. New Zealand Antarctic Institute
  11. New Zealand Blood Service
  12. New Zealand Fire Service Commission
  13. New Zealand Qualifications Authority
  14. New Zealand Tourism Board
  15. New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
  16. New Zealand Transport Agency
  17. New Zealand Walking Access Commission
  18. Pharmaceutical Management Agency (PHARMAC)
  19. Real Estate Agents Authority
  20. Social Workers Registration Board
  21. Sport New Zealand
  22. Tertiary Education Commission
  23. WorkSafe New Zealand


Autonomous Crown Entities (ACEs)

  1. Accreditation Council
  2. Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa
  3. Broadcasting Commission
  4. Families Commission
  5. Government Superannuation Fund Authority
  6. Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation
  7. Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
  8. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Board
  9. New Zealand Artificial Limb Service
  10. New Zealand Film Commission
  11. New Zealand Lotteries Commission
  12. New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  13. Public Trust
  14. Retirement Commission (also known as Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income)
  15. Te Reo Whakapuaki Irirangi (Maori Broadcasting Funding Agency)
  16. Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission)


Independent Crown Entities (ICEs)

  1. Broadcasting Standards Authority
  2. Children's Commissioner
  3. Commerce Commission
  4. Drug Free Sport New Zealand
  5. Electoral Commission
  6. Electricity Authority
  7. External Reporting Board
  8. Financial Markets Authority
  9. Health and Disability Commissioner
  10. Human Rights Commission
  11. Independent Police Conduct Authority
  12. Law Commission
  13. New Zealand Productivity Commission
  14. Office of Film and Literature Classification
  15. Privacy Commissioner
  16. Takeovers Panel
  17. Transport Accident Investigation Commission


Crown Entity Companies

  1. Crown Irrigation Investments Limited
  2. New Zealand Venture Investment Fund Limited
  3. Radio New Zealand Limited
  4. Television New Zealand Limited 


PFA Schedule 4 Companies

  1. Crown Fibre Holdings Limited
  2. Crown Asset Management Limited
  3. Education Payroll Limited
  4. Fairway Resolution Limited (formerly Dispute Resolution Services Limited)
  5. Health Benefits Limited (ceased operation)
  6. Network for Learning Limited
  7. NZ Health Partnerships Limited
  8. Otakaro Limited
  9. Predator Free 2050 Limited
  10. Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand Limited
  11. Southern Response Earthquake Services Limited
  12. Tamaki Redevelopment Company Limited


Crown Research Institutes (CRIs)

  1. AgResearch Limited
  2. Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited
  3. Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Limited
  4. Landcare Research New Zealand Limited
  5. National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited
  6. New Zealand Forest Research Institute Limited, trading as Scion
  7. New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited

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State Services (2)

The following State Services are expected to apply to Government Rules of Sourcing.

Crown Entities Subsidiaries

There are approximately 150 Crown Entity subsidiaries.

School Boards of Trustees

2,416 approx. (including Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu - The Correspondence School).


PFA Schedule 4 Organisations

Fish and Game Councils

  1. New Zealand Fish and Game Council
  2. Auckland / Waikato Fish and Game Council
  3. Central South Island Fish and Game Council
  4. Eastern Fish and Game Council
  5. Hawke's Bay Fish and Game Council
  6. Nelson / Marlborough Fish and Game Council
  7. North Canterbury Fish and Game Council
  8. Northland Fish and Game Council
  9. Otago Fish and Game Council
  10. Southland Fish and Game Council
  11. Taranaki Fish and Game Council
  12. Wellington Fish and Game Council
  13. West Coast Fish and Game Council

Reserve Boards (24)


  1. Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust
  2. Asia New Zealand Foundation
  3. Leadership Development Centre Trust
  4. National Pacific Radio Trust
  5. Ngāi Tahu Ancillary Claims Trust
  6. Pacific Co-operation Foundation
  7. Pacific Island Business Development Trust
  8. Te Ariki Trust

Other (bodies corporate)

  1. Game Animal Council
  2. New Zealand Game Bird Habitat Trust Board
  3. New Zealand Government Property Corporation
  4. Sentencing Council
  5. The Maori Trustee

Other (unincorporated)

  1. New Zealand Lottery Grants Board


Reserve Bank of New Zealand

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State Sector

The following State Sectors are encouraged to apply the Government Rules of Sourcing.

Non-Public Service Departments

  1. Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives
  2. Parliamentary Service


Offices of Parliament

  1. Office of the Controller and Auditor-General
  2. Office of the Ombudsmen
  3. Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment


Crown Entities Tertiary Education Institutes


  1. Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
  2. Lincoln University
  3. Massey University
  4. The University of Auckland
  5. University of Canterbury
  6. University of Otago
  7. University of Waikato
  8. Victoria University of Wellington

Polytechnics/Institutes of Technology

  1. Ara Institute of Canterbury
  2. Bay of Plenty Polytechnic
  3. Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology
  4. Eastern Institute of Technology
  5. Manukau Institute of Technology
  6. Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (Nelson)
  7. Northland Polytechnic
  8. Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
  9. Otago Polytechnic
  10. Southern Institute of Technology
  11. Tai Poutini Polytechnic
  12. Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology
  13. Unitec Institute of Technology
  14. Universal College of Learning
  15. Waikato Institute of Technology
  16. Wellington Institute of Technology
  17. Western Institute of Technology
  18. Whitireia Community Polytechnic


  1. Te Wananga o Aotearoa 
  2. Te Wananga o Raukawa 
  3. Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi


State-Owned Enterprises

  1. Airways Corporation of New Zealand Limited
  2. Animal Control Products Limited
  3. AsureQuality Limited
  4. Electricity Corporation of New Zealand Limited
  5. KiwiRail Holdings Limited
  6. Kordia Group Limited
  7. Landcorp Farming Limited
  8. Learning Media Limited (struck off Companies Register)
  9. Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited
  10. New Zealand Post Limited
  11. New Zealand Railways Corporation
  12. Quotable Value Limited
  13. Solid Energy New Zealand Limited
  14. Transpower New Zealand Limited

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Public Sector

The following Public Sectors are encouraged to apply the Government Rules of Sourcing.

Regional Councils

  1. Bay of Plenty Regional Council
  2. Canterbury Regional Council
  3. Hawke's Bay Regional Council
  4. Manawatu–Wanganui Regional Council
  5. Northland Regional Council
  6. Otago Regional Council
  7. Southland Regional Council
  8. Taranaki Regional Council
  9. Waikato Regional Council
  10. Wellington Regional Council
  11. West Coast Regional Council


Territorial Authorities

  1. Ashburton District Council
  2. Auckland Council
  3. Buller District Council
  4. Carterton District Council
  5. Central Hawke's Bay District Council
  6. Central Otago District Council
  7. Chatham Islands Council
  8. Christchurch City Council
  9. Clutha District Council
  10. Dunedin City Council
  11. Far North District Council
  12. Gisborne District Council
  13. Gore District Council
  14. Grey District Council
  15. Hamilton City Council
  16. Hastings District Council
  17. Hauraki District Council
  18. Horowhenua District Council
  19. Hurunui District Council
  20. Hutt City Council
  21. Invercargill City Council
  22. Kaikoura District Council
  23. Kaipara District Council
  24. Kapiti Coast District Council
  25. Kawerau District Council
  26. Mackenzie District Council
  27. Manawatu District Council
  28. Marlborough District Council
  29. Masterton District Council
  30. Matamata-Piako District Council
  31. Napier City Council
  32. Nelson City Council
  33. New Plymouth District Council
  34. Opotiki District Council
  35. Otorohanga District Council
  36. Palmerston North City Council
  37. Porirua City Council
  38. Queenstown-Lakes District Council
  39. Rangitikei District Council
  40. Rotorua District Council
  41. Ruapehu District Council
  42. Selwyn District Council
  43. South Wairarapa District Council
  44. South Taranaki District Council
  45. South Waikato District Council
  46. Southland District Council
  47. Stratford District Council
  48. Tararua District Council
  49. Tasman District Council
  50. Taupo District Council
  51. Tauranga City Council
  52. Thames-Coromandel District Council
  53. Timaru District Council
  54. Upper Hutt City Council
  55. Waikato District Council
  56. Waimakariri District Council
  57. Waimate District Council
  58. Waipa District Council
  59. Wairoa District Council
  60. Waitaki District Council
  61. Waitomo District Council
  62. Wanganui District Council
  63. Wellington City Council
  64. Western Bay of Plenty District Council
  65. Westland District Council
  66. Whakatane District Council
  67. Whangarei District Council


Last updated 13 March 2017