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The Department of Internal Affairs NZ

  • #9 in Government & public service
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

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  • Government & Public Service


What it does: The Department of Internal Affairs serves and connects people, communities, and government to build a safe, prosperous and respected nation.

Mission:  Building a safe, prosperous and respected nation.

Size and presence: We have 7 sub-departments that oversee the work of the entire Department. 

Best known for: We are committed to continuing to partner with iwi to find new sustainable solutions to address long-standing systemic and cross-cutting issues facing Māori and wider Aotearoa New Zealand and we are also committed to identifying opportunities for iwi to lead and creating an enabling environment for iwi to leverage these opportunities.

The good bits: Job Security is the most prominent thing when you work in a government department.

The not-so-good bits: Long hours, jobs with high accountability and responsibility.

The Department of Internal Affairs  story

The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA), or Te Tari Taiwhenua in te Reo Māori, is the public service department of New Zealand charged with issuing passports; administering applications for citizenship and lottery grants; enforcing censorship and gambling laws; registering births, deaths, marriages and civil unions; supplying support services to ministers; and advising the government on a range of relevant policies and issues.

Other services provided by the department include a translation service, publication of the New Zealand Gazette (the official government newspaper), a flag hire service, management of VIP visits to New Zealand, running the Lake Taupō harbourmaster's office (under a special agreement with the local iwi) and the administration of offshore islands.

During the late 1990s, both the National Library of New Zealand and Archives New Zealand was separated from the department along with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. On 25 March 2010, the former Minister of State Services Tony Ryall announced that the Library and Archives would be merged into the department. Library and Archives stakeholders expressed serious concerns about the changes proposed. On 1 February 2011, both were brought into the Department of Internal Affairs.

Culture & vibe

Everything we do is underpinned by three principles
We make it easy, we make it work

  • We are customer-centered
  • We make things even better

We're stronger together

  • We work as a team
  • We value each other

We take pride in what we do

  • We make a positive difference
  • We strive for excellence

Recruitment process

  • Submit the job application.
  • Resumes are reviewed and shortlisted
  • Face to Face Interview:
  • Reference Check
  • Employment Check and Contract
  • Managers to contact candidates.

Career prospects

Internal Affairs is a strong organization with a proud history and an exciting future. Within Internal Affairs you will discover a large range of functions and plenty of challenging work. Our staff is highly talented people who work in areas as diverse as citizenship, censorship, and cataloging.

The Department is a recognized leader in public service - known for innovation, essential to New Zealand, and trusted to deliver. It serves and connects people, communities, and government to build a safe, prosperous and respected nation 


Leave & holidays

Bonus annual leave

Bonus parental leave

Unpaid extended leave

Finance & contract

Permanent employee

⛔ Signing bonus

⛔ Annual bonus

Stock options

Flexible work

Full remote work

⛔ Partial remote work

⛔ Flexible working hours

Family & health

Child care

⛔ Free gym

Pet-friendly office

Mental health days







Free breakfast

Free lunch

Free tea & coffee

Free snacks

Free dinner

Social Contributions

In line with Aotearoa’s new COVID-19 Protection Framework, or traffic lights system, Te Tari Taiwhenua has decided the best way to provide the safest possible environment for our kaimahi, customers and visitors is to require everyone entering our sites to have a valid My Vaccine Pass or be exempt due to age. 

The Department of Internal Affairs has convened and is hosting a Covid-19 Local Government Response Unit. This dedicated working group comprises senior leadership from DIA’s Central Local Government Partnerships, Local Government Policy, and Operations teams, from Taituarā — Local Government Professionals Aotearoa, Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ), and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). 

Jobs & Opportunities

Locations With Jobs & Opportunities
  • New Zealand, Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch
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