The agency set up last year to investigate organised crime has its first director.
Detective Superintendent Malcolm Burgess, a police officer for 33 years, has been appointed to head the Organised and Financial Crime Agency.
The agency completed its first major operation last week, arresting members of an alleged methamphetamine manufacturing and supply operation in Northland.
Mr Burgess has previously held positions including Area Commander and Crime Manager in Nelson and Area Commander of Hamilton City.
In 2002 he was promoted to Detective Superintendent and held an overview of crime issues for the South
He says it is a dream job to have the resources to go after leading criminals.