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Delegations to Associate Ministers


The Schedule of Responsibilities Delegated to Associate Ministers provides a summary list of the responsibilities that portfolio Ministers have delegated to Associate Ministers.

The attached PDF is the Schedule of Responsibilities Delegated to Associate Ministers and Parliamentary Under-Secretaries dated 12 August 2019.

This page will be upated from time to time to reflect any substantative amendments to any of the delegated responsibilities.

Portfolios with Associate Ministers

ACC

  • Associate Minister for ACC: Hon Willie Jackson
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    All matters in respect of ACC operations relating to individual client and levy payer matters;

    Matters in respect of ACC's work to achieve improved experiences and outcomes for Māori and other groups that can face difficulties in accessing ACC services when and where they need to;

    Matters in respect of ACC's operations relating to injury prevention activity relevant to the road safety portfolio, including the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council;

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Arts, Culture and Heritage

  • Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: Hon Carmel Sepuloni
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    All matters within the portfolio relating to:

    • the development of a Pasifika focus;
    • Treaty of Waitangi Protocols and Crown-Māori relations;
    • oversight and funding of Te Matatini, the Arts Council of New Zealand - Creative New Zealand, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand Film Commission, and the New Zealand Music Commission;
    • attending cultural sector events, as requested by the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage;
    • the interface between the cultural sector and the social sector;
    • interactions with the Auckland Council on its review of cultural heritage institutions;
    • cultural input to the Major Events Development Fund (led by the Minister for Economic Development);
    • the Waitangi National Trust Board;
    • digital publishing, including Te Tai Treaty Settlement Stories;
    • all matters relating to the Maori Battalion Museum;

     

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

  • Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: Hon Grant Robertson
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    All matters within the portfolio relating to:

    • Pukeahu War Memorial Park;
    • oversight and funding of Te Papa and Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, and the Antarctic Heritage Trust, and matters within the portfolio relating to the National Library and Archives New Zealand;
    • the interface between the cultural sector and regional economic development, economic sector and creative economy issues;
    • attending cultural sector events, as requested by the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage;
    • statutory functions concerning the Protected Objects Act 1975 and National Historic Landmarks;
    • national monuments and war graves, including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission;
    • international relations with Australia on cultural matters, and other international matters including co-production agreements, the Cultural Diplomacy International Programme, and international conventions;
    • statutory responsibility for the Flags, Emblems and Names Protection Act 1981;
    • all matters relating to the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund;
    • all matters relating to the Heritage EQUIP Fund;

     

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

     

Courts

  • Associate Minister for Courts: Hon Aupito William Sio
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Implementation of Courts-related legislation;

    Policy, statutes and operations relating to tribunals within the Courts portfolio;

    Taking Rules Committee proposals through the Cabinet process;

    Improving access to tribunals, as part of the government’s work on access to justice;

    The development and passage of the Courts and tribunals enhanced services bills;

    Other functions, responsibilities and matters within the Courts portfolio that may be agreed from time to time.

Education

  • Associate Minister of Education: Hon Jenny Salesa
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Oversight of the current Pasifika Education Plan and leading work on a new replacement strategy, and leading the relationship with Pasifika organisations;

    Responsibility for programmes and initiatives to support tertiary education sector research funding, and leading a review into the Performance-Based Research Fund to ensure that research in the tertiary education sector continues to be encouraged and rewarded;

    Responsibility for policy, funding rules and regulation in relation to:

    • State integrated schools;
    • private schools;

     

    Responsibility for ensuring the education system supports refugees and those for whom English is a second language (ESOL);

    Leading work around ensuring more young people are given opportunities to undertake education and training in the construction and building industry;

    All matters relating to the maintenance of an affordable and equitable school transport service;

    Functions and responsibilities relating to:

    • the governance and funding of the New Zealand Council for Education Research;
    • the Pacific Island Polynesian Education Foundation and engagement with the Board;
    • the work undertaken by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO;

     

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

  • Associate Minister of Education: Hon Tracey Martin
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Responsibilities relating to the work undertaken by and contracted through the Ministry of Education’s Learning Support Group, including Resources and Specialist Support (ORS), Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour Service (RTLB), Te Kahu Toi, Intensive Wraparound Service (IWS), Behaviour Support, Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L), Early Intervention Support, Incredible Years, Blind and Low Vision (BLENNZ), and the Physical Disability Service.  (The Minister of Education retains responsibility for Special Schools and Special Residential Schools, for the role of State schools to be inclusive, and for the design of the Special Education Grant and the way it is used by schools);

    Relationships with disability organisations;

    Responsibilities relating to the work currently being undertaken on truancy and transience, including leading a review into this work in general and the attendance service in particular;

    Leading a review of the provision of education for children in care, including contracted services;

    Oversight of the Ministry of Education’s roles in relation to duties under any Vulnerable Children’s Plan that may be approved under the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014;

    Leading a review of the quality of social work pre-service tertiary education qualifications, including the number of providers;

    Responsibilities relating to Alternative Education, including leading a review to improve the learning, employment and social outcomes for students, and identifying initiatives that reduce the flow of young people into Alternative Education;

    Leading a review of the range of policies and actions dealing with bullying, poor mental health and other factors that act against student wellbeing;

    Oversight of the implementation of the Ministry of Education’s Sexuality Education Guidelines, including ensuring intensive intervention and adequate levels of support for Rainbow youth in the compulsory education system;

    Responsibilities relating to fulfilling the commitments in the New Zealand Labour Party and New Zealand First Coalition Agreement to restore funding for gifted students, to pilot counsellors in primary schools, and to offer free driver training to all secondary students;

    Responsibilities relating to Teen Parent Units;

    Leading the relationship with parent-led early childhood education services (Playcentre and certificated playgroups, but not kohanga reo), and for funding and regulatory arrangements specific to these services;

    Oversight of NZSTA’s contract with the Ministry of Education to deliver a fully integrated range of services free to all boards of trustees to support and enhance boards’ capability in governance and employment;

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

  • Associate Minister of Education: Hon Kelvin Davis
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Strengthening the capability of the education system to respond to the identity, language and culture of children and young people to raise educational achievement;

    Strengthening and growing the pathway through kōhanga reo and puna reo (early learning), kura (primary education), wharekura (secondary education) and wānanga (tertiary education) so that more children and young people remain engaged in Māori-medium education throughout their entire learning pathway and succeed as Māori, including through traditional learning;

    Leading work to grow the quality and quantity of Te Reo Māori in the education system, including raising the quality of Te Reo teaching;

    Oversight of the current Ka Hikitia strategy and leading work on a new replacement strategy;

    Leading work on integrating Māori families and whanau, hapu and iwi with the education system to create a cohesive focus on Māori learners’ education success;

    Leading work around responding to Post-Treaty Settlements where this relates to education, including the Kaupapa Inquiry Programme;

    Leading work to respond to the Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust’s Waitangi Tribunal claim and subsequent recommendations;

    Responsibility for the functions of the Chairperson of the Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Board, pursuant to section 4 of the Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Act 1945;

    Leading the relationship with iwi and their organisations;

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Environment

  • Associate Minister for the Environment: Hon Nanaia Mahuta
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Matters within the Environment portfolio relating to urban water management, including three waters infrastructure and services (drinking water, wastewater and stormwater);

    Day-to-day responsibilities, functions and powers in relation to biodiversity management, including the Minister for the Environment’s responsibilities under the Resource Management Act 1991 and Environment Act 1986 as they relate to the National Policy Statement for Biodiversity;

    Day-to-day responsibilities, functions and powers in relation to the Minister for the Environment’s role in air quality management, as set out in the Resource Management Act 1991 and the Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Air Quality) Regulations 2004.

  • Associate Minister for the Environment: Hon Eugenie Sage
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Responsibilities relating to waste and resource efficiency, including:

    • all matters related to the Waste Minimisation Act 2008;
    • waste policy and strategy, waste data, waste minimisation funding, product stewardship accreditation, and transition to a circular economy;
    • the waste disposal levy;
    • the Waste Advisory Board;
    • the Community Environment Fund;
    • the Litter Act 1979 and developing litter policy;

    Responsibilities and functions as the responsible Minister for the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) under the Crown Entities Act 2004 and the Environment Protection Authority Act 2011, including assisting the Minister for the Environment in setting the strategic direction of the EPA, jointly appointing (with the Minister) appropriate members to the EPA Board, and business-as-usual oversight of the operations of the EPA, but excluding specified statutory functions and powers;

    Leading work on marine protection issues, in consultation with other marine Ministers as appropriate, with the exception of matters relating to the proposed Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary, and the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012;

    Other matters as agreed from time to time.

Finance

  • Associate Minister of Finance: Hon Dr David Clark
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Responsibilities relating to proposals made by the Minister of Finance in relation to those appropriations in Vote Finance for which he is responsible;

    Assistance on work relating to Budgets and fiscal management;

    Responsibilities, functions and powers of the Minister of Finance under the Overseas Investment Act 2005 to:

    • grant, decline and impose conditions on applications for consent (including making decisions regarding offers that the Crown buy “special land”);
    • revoke consents and vary conditions of consent;
    • grant, decline and impose conditions on individual exemptions under the Act;

    Day-to-day responsibilities, functions and powers in relation to the Minister of Finance’s role as a shareholder in Crown Research Institutes, other than AgResearch Ltd (this delegation is subject to specified exclusions, eg relating to directors’ appointment and remuneration, approval of major transactions, changes to the companies’ constitutions, requirements to pay a dividend to the Crown, and issuing new shares);

    Responsibilities, functions and powers of the Minister of Finance in relation to community trusts;

    Responsibilities of the Minister of Finance in relation to appropriations in Vote Sport and Recreation for which the Minister for Sport and Recreation is responsible;

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

  • Associate Minister of Finance: Hon David Parker
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Assistance on policy work relating to monetary policy and review of the Reserve Bank Act 1989;

    Assistance on tax policy work, including issues arising from the Tax Working Group's report;

    Assistance on work on expenditure control;

    Policy work relating to the Venture Capital Fund;

    Responsibilities, functions and powers of the Minister of Finance under the Overseas Investment Act 2005 (other than deciding applications for consent or exemptions under the Act), and policy work on overseas investment;

    Day-to-day responsibilities, functions and powers in relation to the Minister of Finance’s role as a shareholder in the following Crown-owned companies:  Airways Corporation of NZ Ltd, Animal Control Products Ltd, AsureQuality Ltd, Electricity Corporation of NZ Ltd, Kordia Group Ltd, Landcorp Farming Ltd, Meteorological Service of NZ Ltd, NZ Post Ltd, Quotable Value Ltd, Solid Energy NZ Ltd, Transpower NZ Ltd, Crown Asset Management Ltd, Education Payroll Ltd, Health Benefits Ltd, Predator Free 2050 Ltd, Research and Education Advanced Network NZ Ltd, and The Network for Learning Ltd, and in Ag Research Ltd (a Crown Research Institute) (these delegations are subject to specified exclusions, eg relating to directors’ appointment and remuneration, approval of major transactions, changes to the companies’ constitutions, and requirements to pay a dividend or net surplus to the Crown);

    Day-to-day responsibilities, functions and powers of the Minister of Finance relating to the Public Trust (this delegation is subject to specified exclusions, eg relating to board appointments, providing Crown funding or advancing money to the Public Trust, requirements to pay a profit or surplus funds to the Crown, consent to borrowing, and determinations about amounts of reserves);

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

  • Associate Minister of Finance: Hon Shane Jones
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Assistance on work relating to infrastructure funding;

    Assistance with policy work relating to monetary policy and review of the Reserve Bank Act 1989;

    Assistance with any decisions coming to the Minister of Finance as Governor of the Asian Development Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in relation to the Pacific Islands;

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

  • Associate Minister of Finance: Hon James Shaw
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Assistance with oversight and all related issues regarding Green Investment Finance Limited;

    Assistance with policy work relating to the development of sustainable development indicators;

    Day-to-day responsibility for the government's Regulatory Management System;

    Assistance with bringing a wellbeing approach into the Regulatory Management System;

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Greater Christchurch Regeneration

  • Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration: Hon Poto Williams
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Responsibilities relating to:

    • the transitional use of land in the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor;
    • the Cathedral reinstatement;
    • section 71 proposals under the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016;
    • matters relating to Regenerate Christchurch, including performance monitoring and progress payments;

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Health

  • Associate Minister of Health: Hon Jenny Salesa
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Responsibility for policy and service delivery relating to:

    • Pacific health equity;
    • problem gambling;
    • healthy school environments;
    • health of older people;
    • tobacco;
    • ethics committees;
    • special patients;
    • the Health Quality and Safety Commission;
    • HealthCERT and quality assurance (including Radiation Safety);
    • Disability Support Services;

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

     

  • Associate Minister of Health: Hon Julie Anne Genter
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Responsibility for policy and service delivery relating to the following areas (with the exception of remuneration issues, which are retained by the Minister of Health):

    • climate change and health;
    • population health (built environments);
    • women's health (including maternity services, breast and cervical cancer screening, and the health aspects of abortion);
    • sexual health;
    • family and sexual violence;
    • public health (including immunisation, but excluding drinking water);

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

     

  • Associate Minister of Health: Hon Peeni Henare
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Responsibility for policy and service delivery relating to:

    • Māori health equity;
    • the Health Promotion Agency;
    • blood and organ donation (including the New Zealand Blood Service);
    • diabetes;

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Housing

  • Associate Minister of Housing: Hon Nanaia Mahuta
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Responsibilities relating to:

    • the development of a Maori Housing work programme (spanning urban and rural housing);
    • the provision of appropriate housing for whanau/Maori;
    • the development of Kaupapa Maori approaches (eg in relation to homelessness);
    • supporting Maori home ownership initiatives and partnership opportunities;
    • ensuring that housing for Maori whanau is appropriately catered for in Kainga Ora - Homes and Communities initiatives;
    • Maori access to, and involvement and investment in, government funded and supported housing initiatives;
    • Papakainga and Maori community housing developments;
    • local government interface with Maori and iwi;
    • procurement policies to enhance Maori community development.

     

  • Associate Minister of Housing: Hon Kris Faafoi
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Responsibility for policy relating to, and the delivery of, public, transitional and emergency housing (including associated funding settings);

    Relationship management with Housing New Zealand, Community Housing Providers, developers, Transitional Housing Providers, and local government in respect of public, transitional and emergency housing;

    Responsibility for leading work to prevent and end homelessness in New Zealand, including delivering on specific programmes (eg Housing First) and ensuring that the supply, support and prevention measures needed to effectively respond to homelessness are present in the public, transitional and emergency housing system;

    All matters relating to residential tenancies, including policy leadership relating to the development of the Housing Quality Measure;

    Responsibility for the Community Housing Regulatory Authority;

    Housing responses for Pacific Peoples and for other specific groups with particular needs (eg people with disabilities or mental health issues, people exiting the corrections system, and housing for refugees);

    Managing relationships and housing responses in regional centres with high public housing demand;

    Resolution of client issues delivered by the Ministry of Social Development relating to housing operations (this includes the assessment of public housing eligibility, the calculation of housing subsidies, housing register management, tenancy reviews management, the placement of public housing tenants, tenancy management and operational processes, and housing maintenance and other quality issues);

    Temporary Accommodation Services (this includes the provision of post-disaster temporary accommodation services provided by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment);

    Responsibility for the Retirement Villages Act 2003 and the Unit Titles Act 2010;

    Undertaking the monitoring role for Housing New Zealand and Tamaki Regeneration Company, and in time joint responsibility with the Minister of Housing for monitoring the activity of Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities.

Immigration

  • Associate Minister of Immigration: Hon Poto Williams
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Residence decisions referred by the Immigration and Protection Tribunal for consideration of the grant of residence as exceptions to government residence instructions;

    Requests for exceptions to government residence instructions;

    Requests for special directions;

    Requests for temporary entry class visas;

    Requests for visas under section 61 of the Immigration Act 2009 from people who are not entitled to apply for a visa because they are in New Zealand unlawfully;

    Reconsideration of cases after court action.

Justice

  • Associate Minister of Justice: Hon Aupito William Sio
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    All matters relating to Justices of the Peace, with the exception of appointments of Justices of the Peace in the Associate Minister’s electorate;

    Appointments to, and monitoring of, the following Crown entities: Public Trust and the Real Estate Agents Authority;

    Appointments to, and monitoring of, a number of specified Ministry of Justice-administered tribunals and statutory bodies;

    Occupational regulation policy, statutes and tribunals relating to second-hand dealers and pawnbrokers, private security personnel and private investigators, and real estate agents;

    Youth Justice matters;

    Ministerial exemptions under section 157 of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009;

    Exemptions under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008;

    The provision of protective fiduciary services by the Public Trust;

    The development and passage of the Child Protection Bill and Justice-related Statutes Amendment Bills;

    A number of specified statutory functions, relating to:

    • directions under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009;
    • appointment under section 6A of the Arbitration Act 1996;
    • authorisations under section 9(1)(i) to (j) of the Oaths and Declarations Act 1957;
    • requests for consent under section 177 of the Senior Courts Act 2016;

    Other functions, responsibilities and matters within the Justice portfolio that may be agreed from time to time.

Māori Development

  • Associate Minister for Māori Development: Hon Willie Jackson
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    All matters relating to Te Puni Kōkiri Cadetships;

    All matters relating to Taiohi Ararau (Passport to Life);

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Pacific Peoples

  • Associate Minister for Pacific Peoples: Hon Carmel Sepuloni
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Representing the Pacific Peoples portfolio at Ministerial group meetings, as agreed from time to time;

    Responsibility for matters within the Pacific Peoples portfolio relating to:

    • disability;
    • Pacific Arts.

Social Development

  • Associate Minister for Social Development: Hon Poto Williams
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Matters relating to family violence and sexual violence within the Social Development portfolio, including those within the work programme of the Joint Venture and elder abuse;

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

State Owned Enterprises

  • Associate Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Hon Shane Jones
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Day-to-day responsibilities, functions and powers of the Minister for State Owned Enterprises in his role as shareholder in the following entities:

    • Airways Corporation of New Zealand Ltd;
    • AsureQuality Ltd;
    • Electricity Corporation of New Zealand Ltd;
    • Kordia Group Ltd;
    • Landcorp Farming Ltd;
    • Meteorological Service of New Zealand Ltd;
    • New Zealand Post Group Ltd;
    • Quotable Value Ltd;
    • Solid Energy Ltd (in liquidation);
    • Transpower New Zealand Ltd;
    • Crown Asset Management Ltd;
    • Genesis Energy Ltd;
    • Mercury NZ Ltd;
    • Meridian Energy Ltd.

Tourism

  • Associate Minister of Tourism: Hon Peeni Henare
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Functions and responsibilities within the Tourism portfolio relating to:

    • landmarks and New Zealand Wars Trail;
    • New Zealand Cycle Trails (including appointments);
    • Tourism Infrastructure Fund applications;
    • oversight of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's destination management programme, including domestic tourism and regional dispersal;
    • regional workforce and skills;
    • tourism data releases;

    Stakeholder engagement and maintaining relationships with industry associations, and attending events as agreed on behalf of the Minister of Tourism;

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Trade and Export Growth

  • Associate Minister for Trade and Export Growth: Hon Nanaia Mahuta
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Ensuring that the government's trade policy and trade promotion work are helping Māori exporters to succeed on the world stage;

    Helping to position Māori to lead and be seen to lead international efforts to expand the participation of indigenous people in global trade, including through:

    • leading policy development across government to grow national capability to support Māori trade and export growth;
    • advancing trade and export growth for indigenous peoples internationally, including through the expansion of inclusive trde policies, rules and cooperative efforts with New Zealand's trade partners;
    • championing indigenous-to-indigenous connections globally, and in leading Māori business trade delegations;

    Representation of the government at selected international meetings related to the above, as agreed from time to time;

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Transport

  • Associate Minister of Transport: Hon Shane Jones
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Responsibility for matters relating to the Crown’s purchase of services from KiwiRail, for the purposes of regional economic development that are not covered by equity support for its operations (which are the responsibilities of the Shareholding Ministers);

    Working with the Minister of Transport to agree the final Government Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS);

    Responsibility for matters relating to regional roading, within the setting of the GPS, with particular reference to State highways and regional roads;

    Responsibility for matters relating to the government’s Ports, Freight, and Logistics for the Upper North Island Study, and for ensuring that these ports are considered as part of an integrated ports, freight and logistics system, including any policy work arising from the Study.

  • Associate Minister of Transport: Hon Julie Anne Genter
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Responsibility for walking and cycling policy, including policy development and consequential Regulations (excluding Budget-related decisions);

    Responsibility for the electric vehicles programme, and the vehicle greenhouse gas emissions programme, including policy development and consequential Regulations (excluding Budget-related decisions);

    Responsibility for all land transport Rules and Regulations, unless otherwise specifically advised by the Minister of Transport;

    Responsibility for all transport safety matters (aviation, maritime, rail and road), including policy development and making of all relevant Rules and consequential Regulations, unless otherwise specifically advised by the Minister of Transport;

    Day-to-day oversight of Crown agency relations in respect of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission and Maritime New Zealand (excluding Budget-related decisions);

    Responsibility for all maritime transport matters, including policy development and making of all relevant Rules and consequential Regulations, unless otherwise specifically advised by the Minister of Transport;

    Responsibility for the provision of weather forecasting services (currently provided under contract by MetService), in terms of the Meteorological Services Act 1990 (excluding Budget-related decisions);

    Responsibility for transport research and statistics, and the associated publications throughout the year;

    General assistance in the portfolio, in particular in relation to setting the strategic direction for the transport sector, ensuring alignment between strategy, policy and regulations within the land transport sector, and policy development to integrate transport (including public transport) and urban development.

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