19 September 2022
45 Pipitea St, Thorndon
PO Box 805, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
Phone +64 4 495 7200
Request for information (OIA 2223-0170)
I refer to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s letter of 25 August 2022 to you informing
of the transfer of the third, fourth and fifth questions of your Official Information Act (the Act) request
under section 14(b)(i) to the Department of Internal Affairs (the Department).
The parts of your request transferred to the Department are:
I I) What is the total number of staff at the PMO currently and what are their designations and
job descriptions ?(don't need names or private information)
IV) Who hires the staff at the PMO ? Is there a hiring committee or does the Hon PM does chooses
her own staff ?
V) Who was the Chief of Staff at the PMO in Dec 2021 and who is the current Chief of Staff?
Response to your request
We can advise as follows:
Staff numbers in Ministerial offices fluctuate over the course of a calendar year due to
changing needs and personnel requirements. The Department has recently released
information on the number of staff in Ministerial offices, including the Prime Minister’s
office, on its website.
We are therefore refusing your request for staff numbers and their
designations under section 18(d) of the Act:
18(d) that the information requested is or will soon be publicly available.
We have however provided the job descriptions of roles in the Prime Minister’s office in Appendix A.
Ministerial Services, which is a business group within the Department, employs staff in
the offices of the Prime Minister and those working in Ministerial Offices. The same
recruitment process for Ministerial office staff is used by the Department as for its other
employees, although section (70)(1) of the Public Service Act 2020 is also taken into
70(1) the chief executive of a department or an interdepartmental venture that is
responsible for the employment of ministerial staff across all Ministers’ offices
must have regard to the wishes of the relevant Minister when engaging ministerial
Mr Raj Nahna was the Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister in December 2021 and
continues to be employed by the Department in this capacity.
We intend to publish this OIA response on www.dia.govt.nz
(with your personal details having been
removed). Publishing responses to OIA requests increases the availability of information to the public
and is consistent with the purpose of the Act to enable effective participation in the making and
administration of laws and policies, and to promote the accountability of Ministers and officials.
If you have any concerns with the information in this response, you have a right to request an
investigation and review by the Ombudsman under section 28(3) of the Act. Information on how to do
this is available at Ombudsman New Zealand – Tari o te Kaitiaki Mana Tangata
or freephone 0800 802
General Manager – Ministerial Services
Te Haumi – Enterprise Partnerships
Te Tari Taiwhenua – The Department of Internal Affairs
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Appendix A: Job descriptions of staff in the Prime Minister’s Office (as of 12 August 2022)
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