New Zealand's High Commissioner to Australia, Martyn Dunne,
will take over the top spot at the Ministry for Primary
Mr Dunne was today appointed the new director-general for
Primary Industries and chief executive of the Ministry for
Primary Industries (MPI).
His CV includes being comptroller of Customs and chief
executive of the New Zealand Customs Service for six and a
half years. He also served as an officer in the New Zealand
Army for 27 years, where he attained the rank of Major
General and was commander of New Zealand forces in East
Mr Dunne was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of
Merit in June 2000 following his service in East Timor.
Deputy State Services Commissioner Sandi Beatie, who
announced the appointment, said Mr Dunne had outstanding
experience in the protection of New Zealand's borders,
regulation of exports and trade as well as international
"I am very pleased we have attracted someone of Mr Dunne's
experience and calibre to this important role."
"Primary production and exports are the backbone of New
Zealand's economy and MPI plays a critical role," she said.
Mr Dunne has been appointed for a term of three years and is
due to begin on November 18.
He will replace Scott Gallacher, current acting
director-general at MPI.
Mr Gallacher took up the position in July when the previous
Director-General, Wayne McNee, left for the private sector.