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Register of Assigned Legislation

Legislation administered by Ministers and Departments as authorised by the Prime Minister.

As at 30 March 2016.

Contents

Register of Assigned Legislation

Part 1: Ministers of the Crown

Part 2: Departments of State

Register of Assigned Legislation

The Register of Assigned Legislation is a list of the Acts where the Prime Minister has formally assigned to a Minister or department the responsibility for the Act’s administration. It is not a complete list of the Acts administered within each portfolio or by each department. A complete list of the legislation of ongoing effect that is administered within each portfolio is provided in the Cabinet Office Directory of Ministerial Portfolios.

Consulting on proposed definitions and assignments in legislation

The Cabinet Manual (paragraph 7.33) provides that the Cabinet Office should be consulted if proposed legislation contains a definition of “Minister” or “department”, or requires that the responsibility for the administration of legislation be assigned to a portfolio or department by the Prime Minister.

Arranging for assignments to be made

The Prime Minister makes assignments following advice from the Cabinet Office prepared in consultation with relevant departments and Ministers’ offices. Government departments seeking assignments should contact the Cabinet Office.

Related publications

The Cabinet Office is also responsible for preparing three related documents, which are published separately:

  • The Ministerial List contains information on the current Ministers of the Crown and the portfolios and other responsibilities that they hold.
  • The Directory of Ministerial Portfolios provides information on ministerial portfolios and responsibilities in New Zealand (excluding Deputy and Associate Minister positions). Its purpose is to provide a record of the departments and other agencies, votes and legislation associated with each ministerial position.
  • The Schedule of Responsibilities Delegated to Associate Ministers sets out defined responsibilities formally delegated to Associate Ministers. The Schedule is presented to the House of Representatives from time to time.

Updates of Register

This Register is updated from time to time to reflect authorisations for new Acts and changes to authorisations. Consultation by government departments and agencies on proposed definitions, assignments or changes to the content of the Register should be directed to the Cabinet Office, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Executive Wing, Parliament Buildings, Wellington, Telephone: (04) 817 9743.

Website

The Register is available in the:

Ministers of the Crown

Minister for ACC

Accident Compensation Act 2001

Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage

Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Act 1994
Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Act 2014
Broadcasting Act 1989
Cultural Property (Protection in Armed Conflict) Act 2012
Flags, Emblems and Names Protection Act 1981
Historic Places Act 1993
Massey Burial-Ground Act 1925
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Act 1992
National War Memorial Act 1992
New Zealand Film Commission Act 1978
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Act 2004
Protected Objects Act 1975

Attorney-General

Public Finance Act 1989 (sections 81(1)(g) and 81(2))

Minister for Building and Construction

Building Act 2004
Chartered Professional Engineers of New Zealand Act 2002
Construction Contracts Act 2002
Electricty Act 1992 (limited to parts related to registration of electrical workers)
Engineering Associates Act 1961
Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987
Home Ownership Savings Act 1974
Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act 2013
Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Act 2006
Registered Architects Act 2005
Residential Tenancies Act 1986
Retirement Villages Act 2003
State Advances Corporation Act 1965
Unit Titles Act 2010
Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Act 2006

Minister for Children

Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989
Vulnerable Children Act 2014 (Part 1) 

Minister of Civil Defence

Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002
Hurunui/Kaikoura Earthquakes Emergency Relief Act 2016

Minister for Climate Change Issues

Climate Change Response Act 2002 (overall responsibility for Act, also for Parts 1 to 5)

Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs

Auctioneers Act 1928
Auditor Regulation Act 2011
Building Societies Act 1965
Commerce Act 1986
Companies Act 1993
Copyright Act 1994
Corporations (Investigation and Management) Act 1989
Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003
Financial Advisers Act 2008
Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013
Financial Reporting Act 1993
Financial Reporting Act 2013
Financial Service Providers (Registration and Dispute Resolution) Act 2008
Friendly Societies and Credit Unions Act 1982
Imports and Exports (Restrictions) Act 1988
Incorporated Societies Act 1908
Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1908
Insolvency Act 2006
Insolvency (Cross Border) Act 2006 Insurance Companies' Deposits Act 1953
Kiwisaver Act 2006 (Part 4 and Schedules 1 and 2. With Minister of Finance, jointly responsible for the appointment of default KiwiSaver providers under section 177)
Layout Designs Act 1994
Life Insurance Act 1908
Limited Partnerships Act 2008
Motor Vehicle Sales Act 2003
Mutual Insurance Act 1955
New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Act 2001 (Part 4 and Schedule 6)
Patents Act 2013
Plant Variety Rights Act 1987
Securities Act 1978
Securities Markets Act 1988
Securities Transfer Act 1991
Securities Trustees and Statutory Supervisors Act 2011
Takeovers Act 1993
Testing Laboratory Registration Act 1972
Trade (Safeguard Measures) Act 2014
Trustees Companies Management Act 1975
Unit Trusts Act 1960
Weights and Measures Act 1987

Minister for Communications

Electronic Transactions Act 2002
Postal Services Act 1998
Radiocommunications Act 1989
Telecommunications Act 2001
Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Act 2013
Television New Zealand Act 2003 (Part 4) 

Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector

Charities Act 2005

Minister of Conservation

Native Plants Protection Act 1934

Minister of Corrections

Corrections Act 2004

Minister for Courts

Coroners Act 2006
Courts (Remote Participation) Act 2010
Courts Security Act 1999

Minister for Disability Issues

New Zealand Sign Language Act 2006

Minister for Economic Development

New Zealand Business Number Act 2016
New Zealand International Convention Centre Act 2013
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Act 2003 (joint assignment with Minister of Trade)

Minister of Education

Education Act 1989, except as follows:

  • Parts 13, 13A, 14, 15, 15A, 16, 16A (sections 229A to 229D only), 18, 18A, 19 and 24 are held by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment
  • Part 25 (Student Allowances) is held by the Minister for Social Development
  • Sections 17-22 of the Education (Polytechnics) Amendment Act 2009 is held by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment.

Education Lands Act 1949
Vulnerable Children Act 2014 (Part 3)

Minister of Energy and Resources

Atomic Energy Act 1945
Climate Change Response Act 2002 (Part 6 only)
Crown Minerals Act 1991
Electricity Act 1992
Electricity Industry Act 2010 (except subpart 1 of Part 4 held by the Minister of Consumer Affairs)
Energy Companies Act 1992
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2000
Energy (Fuels, Levies, and References) Act 1989
Gas Act 1992
International Energy Agreement Act 1976
Manapouri-Te Anau Development Act 1963
Petroleum Demand Restraint Act 1981

Minister for the Environment

Environmental Protection Authority Act 2011
Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012

Minister of Finance

Crown Retail Deposit Guarantee Scheme Act 2009
Housing Act 1955
Housing Corporation Act 1974
International Finance Agreements Act 1961
Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act 2010
Kiwisaver Act 2006 (with Minister of Commerce jointly responsible for the appointment of default KiwiSaver providers under section 177)
New Zealand Productivity Commission Act 2010
Non-bank Deposit Takers Act 2013
Overseas Investment Act 1973 (transitional provisions only)
Overseas Investment Act 2005
Public Finance Act 1977
Public Finance Act 1989
Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act 1989
Utilities Access Act 2010

Minister for Food Safety

Agriculture Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act 1997
Animal Products Act 1999
Food Act 2014
Wine Act 2003

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Anti-Personnel Mines Prohibition Act 1998
Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Act 1996
Cluster Munitions Prohibition Act 2009
New Zealand Antarctic Institute Act 1996
Nuclear-Test Ban Act 1999
United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Act 1996

Minister Responsible for the Government Communication Security Bureau

Government Communication Security Bureau Act 2003

Minister of Health

Disabled Persons Community Welfare Act 1975, Parts II and 2A
Health and Disability Services (Safety) Act 2001
Psychoactive Substances Act 2013
Radiation Safety Act 2016

Minister of Immigration

Immigration Act 2009

Minister of Internal Affairs

Births, Deaths, and Marriages Registration Act 1995
Electronic Identity Verification Act 2012
Gambling Act 2003
National Library of New Zealand (Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa) Act 2003
Public Lending Right for New Zealand Authors Act 2008
Public Records Act 2005

Minister of Justice

Animals Law Reform Act 1989
Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009
Civil Union Act 2004
Crimes of Torture Act 1989
Department of Justice (Restructuring Act) 1995
Hotel Association of New Zealand Act 1969
Justices of the Peace Act 1957
Law Commission Act 1985
Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006
Marriage Act 1955
Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010
Public Service Investment Society Management Act (No 2) 1979
Public Trust Act 2001
Real Estate Agents Act 2008
Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012
Secondhand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Act 2004
Telecommunications (Interception Capability) Act 2004
Trustee Companies Act 1967

Minister for Land Information

Cadastral Survey Act 2002
Crown Grants Act 1908
Crown Pastoral Land Act 1998
Land Transfer (Computer Registers and Electronic Lodgement) Amendment Act 2002
New Zealand Geographic Board (Nga Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa) Act 2008
Rating Valuations Act 1998
Tourist and Health Resorts Control Act 1908
Valuers Act 1948

Minister of Local Government

Local Government Act 2002

Minister responsible for Ministerial Services

Members of Parliament (Remuneration and Services) Act 2013

Minister of Maori Development

Broadcasting Act 1989, Part 4A [Te Reo Whakapuaki Irirangi]

Minister of Police

Policing Act 2008

Minister for Primary Industries

Agricultural and Pastoral Societies Act 1908
Animal Control Products Limited Act 1991
Animal Identification Act 1993
Animal Welfare Act 1999
Commodity Levies Act 1990
Dairy Industry Restructuring Act 2001
Fisheries Act 1983
Fisheries Act 1996
Fishing Industry Board Act 1963
Irrigation Schemes Act 1990
Kiwifruit Industry Restructuring Act 1999
Maori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Act 2004
Maori Fisheries Act 2004
Marine Farming Act 1971 (transitional provisions only)
Meat Board Act 2004
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (Restructuring) Act 1995
National Animal Identification and Tracing Act 2012
NZ Horticulture Export Authority Act 1987
Orchard Levy Act 1953
Pork Industry Board Act 1997
Primary Products Marketing Act 1953
Public Works Act 1981 (Part XIX)
Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture Act 1953
Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre (Wairarapa) Act 1969
Treaty of Waitangi (Fisheries Claims) Settlement Act 1992
Veterinarians Act 2005
Walking Access Act 2008
Wool Industry Restructuring Act 2003

Minister for Racing

Racing Act 2003

Minister of Revenue

Kiwisaver Act 2006 (overall administration, but Ministers of Commerce and Finance jointly responsible for the appointment of default KiwiSaver providers under section 177)

Minister of Science and Innovation

Building Research Levy Act 1989
Callaghan Innovation Act 2012
Crown Research Institutes Act 1992
Heavy Engineering Research Levy Act 1978
Measurement Standards Act 1992
Research, Science and Technology Act 2010

Minister for Social Development

Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989
Disabled Persons Community Welfare Act 1975 (except for Parts II and 2A)
Education Act 1989 (part 25 (Student Allowances) only)
Families Commission Act 2003
Social Security Act 1964
Social Welfare (Transitional Provisions) Act 1990
Social Workers Registration Act 2003
Vulnerable Children Act 2014 (Parts 1 and 2)

Minister for Social Housing

Family Benefits (Home Ownership) Act 1986
Housing Restructuring and Tenancy Matters Act 1992

Minister for Sport and Recreation

Rugby World Cup 2011 (Empowering) Act 2010
Sport and Recreation New Zealand Act 2002
Sports Anti-Doping Act 2006

Minister for State Owned Enterprises

New Zealand Railways Corporation Act 1981
Southland Electricity Act 1993
State Owned Enterprises Act 1986

Minister for Tertiary Education

Education Act 1989 (Part 13 (General provisions relating to tertiary education), Part 13A (Tertiary Education Commission), Part 14 (establishment and disestablishment of tertiary institutions), Part 15 (Administration of tertiary institutions), Part 15A (Special provisions relating to polytechnics), Part 16 (Programmes and students), Part 16A (sections 229A to 229D only) (Membership of associations of tertiary students), Part 18 (Private training establishments), Part 18A (International students), Part 19 (Vice-Chancellors Committee) and Part 24 (Miscellaneous provisions only)
Education (Polytechnics) Amendment Act 2009 (sections 17-22 only)
Industry Training Act 1992
Modern Apprenticeship Training Act 2000

Minister of Tourism

New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute Act 1963
New Zealand Tourism Board Act 1991

Minister of Trade

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Act 2003 (joint assignment with Minister for Economic Development)

Minister of Transport

Civil Aviation Act 1990
Land Transport Act 1998
Land Transport Management Act 2003
Maritime Security Act 2004
Maritime Transport Act 1994
Public Transport Management Act 2008
Railways Act 2005
Road User Charges Act 2012
Transport Act 1962
Submarine Cables and Pipelines Protection Act 1996

Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations

Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011
Pouakani Claims Settlement Act 2000
Waikato Raupatu Claims Settlement Act 1995

Minister of Veterans’ Affairs

Patriotic and Canteen Funds Act 1947
Veterans' Support Act 2014

Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety

Employment Relations Act 2000 (except for section 198)
Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
Mines Rescue Act 2013
Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987
Volunteers Employment Protection Act 1973
WorkSafe New Zealand Act 2013

Departments of State

Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment

Atomic Energy Act 1945
Building Societies Act 1965
Callaghan Innovation Act 2012
Climate Change Response Act 2002 (Parts 2, 4, 5 and 6)
Commerce Act 1986
Companies Act 1993
Copyright Act 1994
Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003
Crown Minerals Act 1991
Electricity Act 1992
Energy (Fuels, Levies, and References) Act 1989
Energy Resources Levy Act 1976
Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987
Financial Advisers Act 2008
Financial Service Providers (Registration and Dispute Resolution) Act 2008
Gas Act 1992
Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act 20061
Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act 2013
Incorporated Societies Act 1908
Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1908
Immigration Act 20092
Insolvency Act 2006
Insurance Companies' Deposits Act 1953
Kiwisaver Act 2006 (Part 4, aspects of Part 5 and Schedules 1 and 2)
Lake Taupo Compensation Claims Act 1947
Limited Partnerships Act 2008
Mines Rescue Act 2013
Mutual Insurance Act 1955
New Zealand International Convention Centre Act 2013
New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute Act 1963
New Zealand Tourism Board Act 1991
Parental Leave and Employment Protections Act 1987
Patents Act 2013
Personal Property Security Act 1999
Petroleum Demand Restraint Act 1981
Plant Variety Rights Act 1987
Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Act 2006
Postal Services Act 1998
Radiocommunications Act 1989
Research, Science, and Technology Act 2010
Residential Tenancies Act 1986
Securities Act 1978 (sections 70AA to 70AAF)
Securities Markets Act 1988
Telecommunications Act 2001 (Part 2A)
Tourist and Health Resorts Control Act 1908
Trademarks Act 2002
Unit Titles Act 2010 (administered jointly with Ministry of Justice and Land Information New Zealand)
Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Act 2002 (repealed)
Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Act 2006 (except justice provisions which are administered in the Ministry of Justice)
Weights and Measures Act 1987

Department of Corrections

Corrections Act 2004

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Flags, Emblems and Names Protection Act 2003
Historic Places Act 1993
Protected Objects Act 1975
Television New Zealand Act 2003

Ministry of Education

Education Act 1989 (Parts 1-3, 7, 8, 9, 11-18, 24, 26, 27, 29)
Education Lands Act 1949

Ministry for the Environment

Climate Change Response Act 2002 (overall responsibility for Act, and Parts 1 and 3)
Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Anti-Personnel Mines Prohibition Act 1998
Cluster Munitions Prohibition Act 2009

Ministry of Health

Psychoactive Substances Act 2013
Radiation Safety Act 2016

Inland Revenue Department

Kiwisaver Act 2006 (Parts 1 to 3, aspects of Part 5, and Schedule 3)

Department of Internal Affairs

Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995
Community Trusts Act 1999
Electronic Identity Verification Act 2012
Members of Parliament (Remuneration and Services) Act 2013
National Library Of New Zealand (Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa) Act 2003
Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010 (sections 100 and 101)
Public Lending Right for New Zealand Authors Act 2008
Public Records Act 2005
Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007 (enforcement powers in Part 3)

Ministry of Justice

Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Finance of Terrorism Act 2009
Coroners Act 2006
Licensing Fund Act 1989
Employment Relations Act 2000 (section 198)
Immigration Act 2009 (relating only to the administration of the tribunal under clause 5(1) of Schedule 2)
Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010
Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012
Unit Titles Act 2010 (administered jointly with the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment and Land Information New Zealand)
Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Act 2006 (justice provisions: subparts 5, 7 and 8 of Part 1, and sections 119 to 121 of subpart 9 of Part 1)

Land Information New Zealand

Crown Pastoral Land Act 1998
Unit Titles Act 2010 (administered jointly with the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment Department of Building and Housing and Ministry of Justice)

Ministry for Primary Industries

Agricultural and Pastoral Societies Act 1908
Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act 1997
Animal Control Products Limited Act 1991
Animal Identification Act 1993
Animal Products Act 1999
Animal Welfare Act 1999
Animals Law Reform Act 1989
Biosecurity Act 1993
Commodity Levies Act 1990
Dairy Industry Restructuring Act 2001
Fisheries Act 1983
Fisheries Act 1996
Food Act 2014
Hive Levy Act 1978
Irrigation Schemes Act 1990
Kiwifruit Industry Restructuring Act 1999
Maori Fisheries Act 2004
Marine Farming Act 1971 (this Act is repealed except for some transitional provisions)
Marketing Act 1936
Meat Board Act 2004
National Animal Identification and Tracing Act 2012
NZ Horticulture Export Authority Act 1987
Phosphate Commission of NZ Dissolution Act 1989
Pork Industry Board Act 1997
Potato Industry Act Repeal Act 1988
Poultry Board Act Repeal Act 1989
Primary Products Marketing Act 1953
Public Works Act 1981 (Part XIX)
Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture Act 1953
Stock Foods Act 1946
Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre (Wairarapa) Act 1969
Treaty of Waitangi (Fisheries Claims) Settlement Act 1992
Wine Act 2003

Ministry of Social Development

Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989
Education Act 1989 (Part 25, Student Allowances)
New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Act 2001 (Part 1)
Social Security Act 1964
Social Welfare (Transitional Provisions) Act 1990
War Pensions Act 1954

Statistics New Zealand

Accident Compensation Act 2001 (information manager for injury-related information purposes in Part 8)

Ministry of Transport

Civil Aviation Act 1990
Land Transport Management Act 2003
Maritime Transport Act 1994
Public Transport Management Act 2008
Road User Charges Act 2012

The Treasury

Housing Corporation Act 1974 (Part 5A)
Utilities Access Act 2010

1 Assignment to take effect when relevant part of Act brought into force.

2 The Ministry of Justice is the department of State responsible for the administration of the tribunal under clause 5(1) of Schedule 2 of the Immigration Act 2009, and the Legal Services Agency is the designated agency responsible for recognising lawyers as special advocates under section 264(1) of the Immigration Act 2009.

Last updated: 
Friday, 1 April 2011

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