MPI reports to 3 ministers across 2 portfolios.
Hon Nathan Guy
Minister for Primary Industries
Nathan Guy is the MP for Otaki and the Minister for Primary Industries, and for Racing.
Minister Guy entered Parliament as a list MP in 2005 and has been Junior and Senior Whip prior to becoming a Minister in 2009. He has been Minister for Primary Industries since 2013, and the Minister for Racing since 2011.
He has a background in agriculture, having managed the family dairy and beef farm and receiving a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study beef exports to the United States.
Hon Louise Upston
Associate Minister for Primary Industries
Louise Upston is the MP for Taupō – a seat she's held since 2008.
Louise was appointed Associate Minister for Primary Industries on 20 December 2016. She was also appointed Minister of Corrections and Associate Minister of Education and retained her position as Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment.
She has previously served as Minister of Land Information, Minister for Women and Associate Minister of Local Government, and has been a Junior and Senior Whip.
Hon David Bennett
Minister for Food Safety
David is the MP for Hamilton East – a seat he's held since 2005.
On 20 December 2016, David was appointed Minister of Food Safety. He was also appointed Minister of Veterans’ Affairs, Associate Minister of Immigration and Associate Minister of Transport.
David has a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University (Wellington). Prior to becoming an MP, he worked for KPMG in Auckland and had a successful career in the dairy industry.