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Tele’a Andrews – Director Office of the Chief Executive

Role and responsibilities

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Tele’a leads the Office of the Chief Executive, which provides high level strategic, organisational and operational advice to Chief Executive Debbie Power, and manages key external relationships across the social sector as well as across the entire state sector.

What working for the Ministry means to me

“I can’t think of another government department that has the ability to directly impact and transform lives in quite the way, or at quite the scale, that MSD can. Working here is incredibly humbling. It means an opportunity to make a difference in a way that matters to me- one that responds to my experiences growing up in New Zealand and builds on the premise that we all deserve to lead meaningful lives.”


Tele’a joined MSD in July 2023 after working in Thailand as a Program Analyst for the United Nations Development Programme. He has extensive leadership experience having a range of government experience across DIA, MBIE, MoE. He’s also held senior executive roles in the community health sector and holds a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Auckland.

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