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Merger tipped as new super ministry mooted

John Key is expected to announce a new super ministry combining the economic development, science and innovation portfolios and others under the watch of Steven Joyce this week.

Last week we revealed that MAF, Biosecurity New Zealand, the Ministry of Fisheries and the New Zealand Food Safety Authority would be phased out and combined into one mega Ministry for Primary Industries.

And more changes are afoot, with prime minister John Key expected to announce a new super ministry combining the economic development, science and innovation portfolios and others under the watch of Steven Joyce this week.

Steven JoyceKey's speech on Thursday will set out the next stage of his public sector reforms and mergers are apparently on the cards.

"There is one area of the public sector's operations where structural change is needed," he told the Herald, but wouldn't be drawn on whether that would include a merging of the Ministry of Economic Development, the Labour Department and Science and Innovation.

 He wanted to create a results-focused public service that embraced innovation and flexibility, he said.

The economic development ministry and the science and innovation ministry share a base in Wellington and are set to move into a shared headquarters in Auckland this year, the Dominion Post reported.