Bernadette Cavanagh

Bernadette Cavanagh

Chief Executive - Tumu Whakarae
Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Bernadette Cavanagh is the Chief Executive of Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage (MCH), taking up the role in February 2019.

Bernadette brings to the role strong leadership skills, expertise at the international level, and experience in navigating complex issues and delivering results.  Before joining the MInistry, Bernadette had a career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), with her most recent role as Deputy Secretary of the Multilateral and Legal Affairs Group.

Bernadette also served offshore including as Deputy Head of Mission in the New Zealand Embassy in Moscow, Deputy Permanent Representative at New Zealand’s Mission to the United Nations in New York and was New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Singapore. Bernadette began her public service career with the New Zealand Defence Force / Ministry of Defence.

Appearing at
FST Gov NZ
1 September 2022
  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
It seems that the New Zealand Government is continuing its digital success stories from recent years, as it reconfigures the COVID-19 pandemic as a learning curve for how to better leverage technology to digitally-enable Government operations and citizen outcomes for...
FST Government NZ 2022 postponed until 2022
24 February 2022
  • Lower Hutt Events Centre
The New Zealand Government has in recent years made impressive strides in its digital transformation agenda. Achievements of note include the rollout of its one-stop-shop customer service hub, gov. NZ, coordinating its data sharing and management program (under the Data...
FST Gov NZ
28 August 2019
  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
FSTGov’s marquee event of 2019, the New Zealand conference marks the biggest dedicated government technology event in the region.