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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.

This page will be updated from time to time to reflect any substantive 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

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Agriculture

  • Associate Minister of Agriculture: Hon Meka Whaitiri
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Animal welfare, including any statutory powers of the Minister under the Animal Welfare Act 1999 (including regulations and codes of welfare) and managing the relationships with, and making appointments to, the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) and the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC).  (The Minister of Agriculture retains responsibility for setting the strategic direction of the animal welfare system, including the review of the Animal Welfare Strategy, recommending a course of action for the management of the export of livestock, and any review of the Veterinarians Act 2005);

    Māori agribusiness, including taking a lead role in building positive and active relationships with iwi agribusiness stakeholders;

    Rural women;

    Walking access, including matters relating to the New Zealand Walking Access Commission.

Education

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

    Ka Hikitia Ka Hāpaitia /Tau Mai Te Reo implementation;

    Māori-medium and Kaupapa Māori Pathways Pathways and Mātauranga Māori;

    Māori-medium and Kaupapa Māori schooling network, in conjunction with the Associate Minister of Education (School Operations) as appropriate;

    Te Reo Māori in education;

    Working to address systemic racism, discrimination and bullying to build teacher and system competence and to support Maori learner wellbeing and success (specifically the implementation of Te Hurihanganui), in conjunction with the Associate Minister of Education (Hon Jan Tinetti) as appropriate;

    Leading work on the government’s response to post-Treaty settlements where they relate to education, including the Kaupapa Inquiry Programme and the Te Kohanga Reo National Trust’s Waitangi Tribunal claim and subsequent recommendations;

    Responsibility for the functions of the Minister of Education under the Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Act 1945, including Board appointments;

    Responsibility for the functions of the Minister of Education under the Ōtaki and Porirua Trusts Act 1943, including Board appointments;

    Leading the relationship with Māori and Māori organisations;

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

     

Environment

  • Associate Minister for the Environment: Hon Peeni Henare
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Responsibility for policy development and other matters within the Environment portfolio relating to air quality, including responsibility for matters relating to the Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Air Quality) Regulations 2004;

    Operational oversight of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), including assisting the Minister for the Environment in setting the strategic direction of the EPA but excluding specified statutory functions of the Minister for the Environment under environmental legislation;

    Working with the Minister for the Environment on policy development and other matters relating to the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996;

    Responsibility for administration of the National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020 and working with the Minister for the Environment on policy development and other matters relating to urban policy, primarily as they pertain to the environmental management system (Resource Management Act 1991) reform;

    Responsibility for the administration of the Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Telecommunications Facilities) Regulations 2016, and assistance on matters relating to telecommunications policy from time to time.

  • Associate Minister for the Environment: Hon James Shaw
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Responsibility for policy development and other matters relating to biodiversity, specifically:

    • the proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity, including responsibility for exercising the Ministerial functions and powers to develop national direction and other regulations under the Resource Management Act 1991 (and any successor legislation);
    • working with the Minister of Conservation on matters within the Environment portfolio relevant to the Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy, including policy development and implementation;
    • responsibility for the Resource Management (Exemption) Regulations 2017;
       

    Responsibilities in respect of the Environmental Reporting Act 2015, including policy responsibility for any amendments to or reform of the Act;

    Working with the Minister for the Environment on the review of the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry.

Finance

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

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

    Assistance on tax policy;

    Policy work on the Venture Capital Fund;

    Specified responsibilities, functions and powers of the Minister of Finance under the Overseas Investment Act 2005, including overseas investment policy;

    Day-to-day responsibilities, functions and powers as a shareholder in the following Crown-owned companies:  Electricity Corporation of NZ Ltd, Landcorp Farming Ltd, NZ Post Ltd, Transpower NZ Ltd, Crown Asset Management Ltd, REANZ Ltd, The Network for Learning Ltd, NZ Growth Capital Partners Ltd, AgResearch Ltd, Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd, Institute of Geological and Nuclear Science Ltd, Landcare Research NZ Ltd, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd, NZ Forest Research Institute Ltd, the NZ Institute for Plant and Food Research Ltd (this delegation is subject to specified exclusions, eg relating to appointment and remuneration of directors, approval of major transactions, changes to the companies’ constitutions, and requirements to pay a dividend or net surplus to the Crown);

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

  • Associate Minister of Finance: Hon Dr Megan Woods
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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;

    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;

    Responsibilities of the Minister of Finance in relation to appropriations in Vote Business, Science and Innovation for which he is the appropriation Minister;

    Assistance with work relating to Budgets and fiscal management;

    Assistance with work on expenditure control;

    Assistance with work on public sector pay;

    All 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 ;

    •   revoke consents and vary conditions of consent;

    •   grant, decline, and impose conditions on, individual exemptions under the Act;

    All responsibilities, functions and powers of the Minister of Finance in relation to Greater Christchurch Regeneration;

    Day-to-day responsibilities, functions and powers as a shareholder in the following Crown-owned companies: Airways Corporation of NZ Ltd, Animal Control Products Ltd, AsureQuality Ltd, Kordi Group Ltd, Meteorological Service of NZ Ltd, Quotable Value Ltd, Education Payroll Ltd, Health Benefits Ltd, Otakaro Ltd, Predator Free 2050 Ltd (this delegation is subject to specified exclusions, eg relating to appointment and remuneration of directors, 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 ofreserves);

    Assistance with oversight and all related issues regarding New Zealand Green Investment Finance Ltd;

    Assistance with work relating to public sector carbon neutrality, including the State Sector Decarbonisation Fund;

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Foreign Affairs

  • Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs: Hon Carmel Sepuloni
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Health

  • Associate Minister of Health: Hon Barbara Edmonds
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    All matters within the Health portfolio relating to:

    • Pacific health (in consultation with the Minister of Health);
    • Pacific Peoples mental wellbeing;
    • the relationship with the Ministry for Pacific Peoples;
    • Pacific providers;
    • prevention, including the impact of housing and homelessness on health;
    • Pacific Peoples workforce development (in consultation with the Minister of Health);
    • Pacific health corridor;
    • family and sexual violence;
    • obesity, in consultation with the Associate Minister of Health (Māori Health);
    • burials and cremations (other than responsibility for the statistics that are collected under the Burial and Cremation Act 1964);
       

    Being consulted on Diabetes by the Associate Minister of Health (Māori Health);

    Working closely with the Minister and other Associate Ministers of Health on the COVID-19 response, under the leadership of the Minister for COVID-19 Response.

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time by us.

  • Associate Minister of Health: Hon Willow-Jean Prime
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  • Associate Minister of Health: Hon Peeni Henare
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    All matters within the Health portfolio relating to:

    • Māori health, in consultation with the Minister of Health;
    • Māori mental wellbeing;
    • Māori workforce development, in consultation with the Minister of Health;
    • the New Zealand Blood Service and organ donation;
    • nutrition and physical activity;
    • diabetes, in consultation with the Associate Minister of Health (Pacific Peoples);

    Being consulted on Obesity by the Associate Minister of Health (Pacific Peoples);

    Working closely with the Minister and other Associate Ministers of Health on the COVID-19 response, under the leadership of the Minister for COVID-19 Response;

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Housing

  • Associate Minister of Housing: Hon Willie Jackson
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    The ongoing progression and implementation of Te Maihi o te Whare Māori – the Māori and Iwi Housing Innovation (MAIHI) Framework for Action, and leadership through MAIHI Whare Wānanga;

    The application of MAIHI to the Homelessness Action Plan;

    Providing a leadership role to ensure there is a cohesive Crown approach to housing and urban systems to ensure they deliver housing solutions that meet Māori needs and aspirations;

    Supporting Māori access to, and involvement and investment in, government funded and supported housing initiatives and partnership opportunities;

    Ensuring that housing for Māori whanau is appropriately catered for, and Māori needs and aspirations are taken into account in Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities initiatives;

    Papakainga and Māori community housing developments, and other appropriate housing for whanau Māori;

    Leadership regarding the local government interface with Māori and iwi regarding the housing and urban systems;

    Procurement policies to enhance Maori community development and participation in housing and urban development opportunities;

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time by us.

  • Associate Minister of Housing: Hon Marama Davidson
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Homelessness Action Plan:

    Within the Aotearoa/New Zealand Homelessness Action Plan (Phase One 2020 – 2023), oversight of:

    Progress on the support and prevention pillars for individuals, families and whanau experiencing or at risk of homelessness, with a particular focus on: Housing First, Sustaining Tenancies, expanding housing support for people leaving the care of Oranga Tamariki, improving transitions from acute mental health and addiction inpatient units, supporting women who are leaving prison, supporting returned overseas offenders who are homeless, piloting a rapid rehousing approach, better preparing people for private rental, and helping shape the long-term actions with relevant Ministers;


    Work to include the voices of individuals, families and whanau with lived experiences of homelessness in the development, design and delivery of changes;


    Progress against initiatives funded through the Local Innovation and Partnership Fund;
    The framework for reviewing, monitoring and evaluating the changes made, and enhancing data on homelessness;

    Transitional housing and other supported housing:

    Responsibility for operational policy relating to transitional housing, Housing First, Rapid Rehousing and Sustaining Tenancies, including the Code of Practice to be developed for transitional housing (noting that the Minister of Housing will retain direct responsibility for funding settings and responsibility for the delivery of new supply of transitional housing);

    Relationship management with transitional housing providers, including Housing First providers, as well as local government in respect of transitional housing;

    Other matters:

    Responsibility for the resolution of operational issues relating to the COVID-19 housing response;

    Working closely with the Associate Minister of Housing (Māori Housing) to embed bespoke kaupapa Māori support for those experiencing or at risk of homelessness, and with the Minister of Housing and Minister for Social Development and Employment on the government’s work to prevent and end homelessness;

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time by us.

  • Associate Minister of Housing: Hon Barbara Edmonds
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Immigration

  • Associate Minister of Immigration: Hon Ginny Andersen
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    Residence appeals 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 to reconsider temporary entry class visa applications;

    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;

    Requests under the Parole Act 2002 for early release for the purpose of deportation.

Justice

  • Associate Minister of Justice: Hon Dr Deborah Russell
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Māori Development

  • Associate Minister for Māori Development: Hon Nanaia Mahuta
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    All matters relating to Te Pokai Ao; International Indigenous Collaboration Agreements;

    Leading the coordination of the whole-of-government response to te Pae Tawhiti that responds to the WAI 262 report from the Waitangi Tribunal; 

    All Broadcasting and Media appointment and consultation functions of the Minister for Māori Development;

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time by us.

Revenue

  • Associate Minister of Revenue: Hon Dr Deborah Russell
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    Roles/Responsibilities

Social Development and Employment

  • Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment: Hon Priyanca Radhakrishnan
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    All matters within the Social Development and Employment portfolio relating to:

    • Family violence, sexual violence and elder abuse, including working with other relevant portfolio Ministers, including the Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence, on the whole of government response to these issues;
    • Migrant and refugee employment initiatives, including the employment action plan for refugees and new migrants;
    • Social inclusion matters, including working with other relevant portfolio Ministers, including the Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities;


    Attending events, as requested by the Minister for Social Development and Employment;

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time by us.

  • Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment: Hon Willie Jackson
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Statistics

  • Associate Minister of Statistics: Hon Meka Whaitiri
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    All matters relating to the Mana Ōrite Relationship Agreement and the agreed work programme for 2020, and potential responsibility for subsequent years’ work programmes as agreed with the Minister of Statistics;

    The relationship with the Data Iwi Leaders Group, including meetings with the Data Iwi Leaders Group Chairperson, iwi leaders, and Lead Technician, as detailed in the Mana Ōrite Relationship Agreement;

    The relationships and associated work programmes with other iwi and iwi related groups and key Māori data partners, including Te Mana Raraunga;

    Leadership of other initiatives and work programmes focussed on delivering improved outcomes for iwi and Māori, including:

    • the transformation of Census 2023 operations to better meet the needs and aspirations of iwi and Māori, specifically concerning data collection;
    • an iwi-led data collection trial with Te Whānau-ā-Apanui;
    • the development of the iwi-led data hub pilot programme;


    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Transport

  • Associate Minister of Transport: Hon Kiri Allan
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Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations

  • Associate Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: Hon Ginny Andersen
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Workplace Relations and Safety

  • Associate Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety: Hon Priyanca Radhakrishnan
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    Roles/Responsibilities

    All matters within the Workplace Relations and Safety portfolio relating to:

    • migrant exploitation, including the Migrant Exploitation Strategy and responsibility for the Worker Protection (Migrant and Other Employees) Bill and its implementation (with the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety retaining responsibility for policy work and legislation relating to modern slavery);
    • pay transparency and work to promote pay equity in workplaces (in conjunction with the Minister for Women);

    Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

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