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Annual Report 2022

Issue date: 
Monday, 17 October 2022
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For the year ended 30 June 2022

and National Emergency Management Agency Annual Report 2021/22
and Report by the Prime Minister on a Non-departmental Appropriation
and Report by the Minister for Emergency Management on Non-departmental Appropriations

Presented to the House of Representatives pursuant to the Public Service Act 2020 and the Public Finance Act 1989

G.48 (2022)
B.14 (2022)
ISSN 1173-4590

Chief Executive’s foreword
Kupu whakataki a te Tumu Whakarae

Mahia i runga i te rangimārie me te ngākau māhaki
With a calm mind and a respectful heart we will always get the best results

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) played a central role during the year progressing and supporting major Government priorities, including management of the COVID-19 pandemic, reform of the health and disability system, and the response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the attacks on the Christchurch masjidain.

As the country faced the many challenges of the pandemic, DPMC worked alongside other agencies to ensure these were consistently addressed as well as supporting the move to a new phase of the response and recovery.

DPMC’s work, spearheaded by the COVID-19 Group and supported by other parts of the Department, included advising on and facilitating the shift from the Alert Level System to the COVID-19 Protection Framework. The Department also supported the rollout of the vaccination campaign and the Government’s plan for Reconnecting New Zealanders with the World.

Major milestones met during the year enabled the shift to the new health and disability system on 1 July 2022. The Health Transition Unit held roadshows and met sector representatives throughout the country to discuss the reforms ahead of the interim agencies Te Whatu Ora and Te Aka Whai Ora being established and the passing of the Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Act 2022.

The National Security Group led hui and community engagement and coordinated work across agencies to progress and implement the 44 recommendations of the Royal Commission agreed by Cabinet. He Whenua Taurika, the National Centre of Research Excellence for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism, was launched. The Christchurch Call Crisis Response Protocol to help eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online was also revised.

Cabinet Office supported the Prime Minister in the preparation and announcement of changes to Ministerial portfolios in June, and led work for the 2021 Special Honours List (New Zealand Bravery Awards) for individuals recognised for their actions in relation to the terrorist attacks. Along with Government House, it played a key role in the transition of Governors-General and the swearing in of Rt Hon Dame Cindy Kiro, as well as being involved in the organisation of events to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Child Wellbeing and Poverty Reduction Group continued to support the Government priority of making Aotearoa New Zealand the best place in the world for children and young people. This included publication of the first statutory Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy Annual Report to measure progress on wellbeing indicators.

The Implementation Unit worked with agencies to identify whether priority Government projects remained on track to deliver the intended benefits and within planned timeframes and, where required, helped identify ways forward. Its programme included a mid-term review of the 2019 Mental Health Package.

The Policy Advisory Group remained focused on providing advice to the Prime Minister and working with agencies to ensure decisions were well informed across a number of complex and wide-ranging areas and issues. The Policy Project continued work to support agencies to further build policy capability, including an initiative to improve analytical skills for policy advisors in the early stages of their careers.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), a departmental agency hosted by DPMC, continued to respond to and provide support for weather events in many parts of the country, while also working across agencies on efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change.

The agility of the Strategy, Governance and Engagement Group and business partners, Central Agencies Shared Services, ensured the Department was well positioned and supported to manage its additional responsibilities while also maintaining core business.

Progress was made on the Department’s internal priorities of building te ao Māori capability, improving cultural competence, and building the quality of policy advice.

It is through the dedication and professionalism of staff that so much was achieved during another year of enormous challenge for DPMC and the wider public service. Their commitment and resilience enabled the Department to further its purpose of advancing an ambitious, resilient and well-government Aotearoa New Zealand.

Brook Barrington
Chief Executive


Last updated: 
Monday, 17 October 2022

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