Who we are

Established in 1840, the New Zealand Customs Service is the country’s oldest government department. Our Māori name – Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa – translates as the authority that screens and protects New Zealand.

Customs has about 1,200 staff spread around the country. We are located at all of New Zealand's international airports and ports, as well as offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Brussels, Canberra and Washington DC.

This description was last updated on: Friday, 07 July 2017

Detailed information related to Who we are

Christine Stevenson is currently Acting Comptroller of the New Zealand Customs Service, which plays a critical role in New Zealand’s economy and security through the facilitation of trade and travel, and the collection of Crown revenue.​

Before coming to Customs, Christine was the Deputy Chief Executive Corrections and supported the Chief Executive, Ray Smith, to represent the Department with Ministers and central agencies, and to provide leadership across the justice sector. 

Christine comes from a strong background in public service, joining Corrections after one and a half years as Deputy Chief Executive of the Ministry of Justice.  

She has also previously worked in the private sector in Australia, and in the Ministry of Social Development.

Before moving into leadership roles in the public sector, Christine worked as a chartered accountant. 

This detail was last updated on Thursday, 31 August 2017

The Deputy Comptroller, Operations is Bill Perry.

Bill joined the New Zealand Customs Service in 1976. Between 1990 and 2000 Bill held various positions within Drug Investigations before being appointed Manager, Inspections in 2000. He was then appointed as Manager – Northern Ports from 2003–2006 from where he moved on to take on the role of Manager, Investigations until 2009, and was appointed Group Manager, Investigations & Response in April 2009.

Bill was appointed to his current role in August 2013.

Bill Perry – Download high resolution image.

This detail was last updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2016

The Chief Information Officer, Information Services Is Murray Young.

Murray joined the New Zealand Customs Service in April 2014 having previously held a number of CIO and other management roles in the telecommunications and government sectors. He has also spent a large proportion of his career working for supplier organisations predominantly providing services to the government sector.

As Chief Information Officer, Murray is responsible for the provision of technology and information to support the business activities of Customs and our stakeholders.

Murray Young – Download high resolution image.

This detail was last updated on Monday, 21 September 2015

The Group Manager, Finance, Strategy and Performance  (Chief Financial Officer) is Kevin Martin.

Kevin is a chartered accountant who started his career in the business services division of a large accountancy firm.

Prior to joining Customs he held senior finance roles in consultancy organisations in New Zealand and Australia where he was responsible for financial reporting and management for both local and international business units.

Kevin Martin – Download high resolution image.

This detail was last updated on Monday, 21 September 2015

Jacinda Funnell is currently the Acting Group Manager for the People and Capability group.

Jacinda took up the role in August 2017. Previous to this, she was the Manager of the Customs and Exicse Act Review. 

Jacinda joined Customs in January 2014 from the Ministries of Defence and Transport.

She has over 20 years' experience in the public sector, largely in policy roles, with 10 years in leadership/management positions. Jacinda's career highlights include developing the business case for seven new ships for the Navy, introducing liquids and gels screening to NZ airports, working as a private secretary to the Minister of Defence and a secondment to the Australian Department of Defence.

This detail was last updated on Thursday, 31 August 2017

The Group Manager, Policy, Legal and Governance is Michael Papesch. He was appointed to this role on 10 August 2015.

Michael joined Customs on 2 September 2013 as the Group Manager Policy.

Michael has nearly 30 years of policy experience in the public sector, including senior roles in the Ministry of Social Development, the Department of Building and Housing, and the Treasury.

Most recently Michael was the Director of the Pike River Implementation Team at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. This team is responsible for implementing the Government’s response to the recommendations of the Pike River Royal Commission by the end of 2013. Previously Michael was the General Manager of Labour and Immigration Policy in the former Department of Labour.

Michael Papesch – Download high resolution image.

This detail was last updated on Monday, 21 September 2015

Related events

There are currently no events listed in this category...

View all events

Related notices & updates

New Plymouth public counter hours

Last updated: Thursday, 14 September 2017

Email scam using the Customs logo

Last updated: Tuesday, 20 March 2012
View all notices & updates

Related common questions

There are currently no common questions listed in this category...

View all common questions