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CO (20) 9: Cabinet Committees: Terms of Reference and Membership

Issue date: 
Tuesday, 1 December 2020
Issue status: 
Current
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CO (20) 9: Cabinet Committees: Terms of Reference and Membership

1The Prime Minister has agreed to the updated terms of reference and membership of Cabinet committees. The Cabinet committees are:

1.1the Cabinet Appointments and Honours Committee (APH);

1.2the Cabinet Business Committee (CBC);

1.3the Cabinet Priorities Committee (CPC);

1.4the Cabinet Economic Development Committee (DEV);

1.5the Cabinet Environment, Energy and Climate Committee (ENV);

1.6the Cabinet External Relations and Security Committee (ERS);

1.7the Cabinet Government Administration and Expenditure Review Committee (GOV);

1.8the Cabinet Legislation Committee (LEG);

1.9the Cabinet Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti Committee (MCR); and

1.10the Cabinet Social Wellbeing Committee (SWC).

2The updated Cabinet committee terms of reference and membership are attached.

 

Michael Webster
for Secretary of the Cabinet

Enquiries:

Martin Bell, Deputy Secretary of the Cabinet
Ph: (04) 830 5031
martin.bell@dpmc.govt.nz

Jenny Vickers, Senior Advisor
Ph: (04) 830 5018
jenny.vickers@dpmc.govt.nz

Cabinet Appointments and Honours Committee (APH)

To consider appointments to statutory and other government agencies, chief executive appointments, nominations for New Zealand Royal Honours, and associated policy.

Membership

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern (Chair)
Hon Grant Robertson (Deputy Chair)
Hon Kelvin Davis
Hon Chris Hipkins
Hon Carmel Sepuloni
Hon Andrew Little
Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Hon Poto Williams
Hon Kris Faafoi
Hon Willie Jackson
Hon Jan Tinetti
Hon Aupito William Sio
Hon Priyanca Radhakrishnan

Relevant Portfolios

All portfolios

Frequency

Meets weekly during sitting weeks

Cabinet Business Committee (CBC)

To consider policy issues, appointments, bills, and regulations, and other matters that require decisions before the next scheduled relevant Cabinet committee meeting, when other committees are not meeting and the House of Representatives is adjourned. CBC will meet only on a strictly if required basis.

Membership

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern (Chair)
Hon Grant Robertson (Deputy Chair)
Hon Kelvin Davis
Hon Dr Megan Woods
Hon Chris Hipkins
Hon Carmel Sepuloni
Hon Andrew Little
Hon David Parker
Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Hon Poto Williams
Hon Damien O'Connor
Hon Stuart Nash

Relevant Portfolios

All portfolios

Frequency

Meets during non-sitting weeks if required

Cabinet Priorities Committee (CPC)

  • Consider overall government priorities and major strategic issues.
  • Consider significant issues as determined by the Prime Minister or Cabinet. Implementation aspects of these issues will be considered by the appropriate committee, once major policy directions have been set.
  • Responsible for the overall coordination of the delivery of the government's priorities.

Membership

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern (Chair)
Hon Grant Robertson (Deputy Chair)
Hon Kelvin Davis
Hon Dr Megan Woods
Hon Chris Hipkins
Hon Carmel Sepuloni
Hon Andrew Little
Hon David Parker
Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Hon Poto Williams
Hon Damien O'Connor
Hon Stuart Nash

Relevant Portfolios

All portfolios

Frequency

Meets monthly, or as required

Cabinet Economic Development Committee (DEV)

To consider strategy and policy relating to New Zealand's economic recovery from COVID-19 and building an inclusive, sustainable economy.

Membership

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
Hon Grant Robertson (Chair)
Hon Dr Megan Woods (Deputy Chair)
Hon Chris Hipkins
Hon Carmel Sepuloni
Hon David Parker
Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Hon Poto Williams
Hon Damien O'Connor
Hon Stuart Nash
Hon Kris Faafoi
Hon Willie Jackson
Hon Michael Wood
Hon Dr David Clark
Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall
Hon Meka Whaitiri
Hon Phil Twyford
Rino Tirikatene, MP
Dr Deborah Russell, MP

Relevant Portfolios1

ACC
Agriculture
Biosecurity
Broadcasting and Media
Building and Construction
Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Customs
COVID-19 Response
Digital Economy and Communications
Education
Economic and Regional Development
Emergency Management
Energy and Resources
Environment
Finance
Food Safety
Forestry
Housing
Immigration
Infrastructure
Land Information
Local Government
Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti
Māori Development
Oceans and Fisheries
Pike River Re-entry
Racing
Research, Science and Innovation
Revenue
Rural Communities
Small Business
Statistics
State Owned Enterprises
Tourism
Trade and Export Growth
Transport
Workplace Relations and Safety

Frequency

Meets weekly during sitting weeks

Notes

  1. [1] This is an indicative list of portfolios relevant to the committee's consideration. Portfolios may be listed under more than one committee. Papers should be submitted to the most relevant committee for the subject matter.

 

Cabinet Environment, Energy and Climate Committee (ENV)

 

To consider strategic and policy matters relating to the environment, climate change, sustainable energy use, natural resources, and resource management.

Membership

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
Hon Grant Robertson
Hon Kelvin Davis
Hon Dr Megan Woods (Deputy Chair)
Hon David Parker (Chair)
Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Hon Damien O'Connor
Hon Stuart Nash
Hon Willie Jackson
Hon Michael Wood
Hon Kiri Allan
Hon Phil Twyford
Rino Tirikatene, MP

Relevant Portfolios2

Agriculture
Biosecurity
Climate Change
Conservation
Economic and Regional Development
Emergency Management
Energy and Resources
Environment
Forestry
Local Government
Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti
Māori Development
Oceans and Fisheries
Research, Science and Innovation
Rural Communities
Transport
Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations

Frequency

Meets fortnightly during sitting weeks

Notes

  1. [2] This is an indicative list of portfolios relevant to the committee's consideration. Portfolios may be listed under more than one committee. Papers should be submitted to the most relevant committee for the subject matter.

Cabinet External Relations and Security Committee (ERS)

  • Oversight of the national security and intelligence sector, and to consider strategic, policy, and legislative matters relating to the sector, foreign affairs, defence (excluding Defence procurement), and significant hazards.
  • Coordinate and direct national responses to major crises or circumstances affecting national security (either domestic or international).

ERS, or a subcommittee of ERS as determined by the Prime Minister, will have Power to Act where the need for urgent action and/or operational or security considerations require it.

Membership

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern (Chair)
Hon Grant Robertson
Hon Kelvin Davis
Hon Andrew Little
Hon David Parker
Hon Nanaia Mahuta (Deputy Chair)
Hon Poto Williams
Hon Damien O'Connor
Hon Kris Faafoi
Hon Peeni Henare
Hon Kiri Allan
Hon Dr David Clark

With the addition of the relevant portfolio Minister as appropriate.

Relevant Portfolios3

Biosecurity
COVID-19 Response
Customs
Digital Economy and Communications
Disarmament and Arms Control
Emergency Management
Defence
Foreign Affairs
GCSB
Health
Immigration
National Security and Intelligence
NZSIS
Police

Frequency

 Meets monthly, or as required

Notes

  1. [3] This is an indicative list of portfolios relevant to the committee's consideration. Portfolios may be listed under more than one committee. Papers should be submitted to the most relevant committee for the subject matter.

Cabinet Government Administration and Expenditure Review Committee (GOV)

  • Consider strategic and policy matters relating to the public sector and government expenditure, including significant sector infrastructure and investment proposals (e.g. defence, schools, hospitals).
  • Consider matters relating to local government and emergency management.

Membership

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
Hon Grant Robertson (Chair)
Hon Dr Megan Woods
Hon Chris Hipkins (Deputy Chair)
Hon David Parker
Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Hon Stuart Nash
Hon Peeni Henare
Hon Jan Tinetti
Hon Michael Wood
Hon Kiri Allan
Hon Dr David Clark
Hon Meka Whaitiri
Dr Deborah Russell, MP

Relevant Portfolios4

Corrections
Emergency Management
Defence
Digital Economy and Communications
Education
Emergency Management
Finance
Health
Infrastructure
Internal Affairs
Local Government
Revenue
State Owned Enterprises
Public Service
Statistics
Transport

Frequency

Meets fortnightly during sitting weeks

Notes

  1. [4] This is an indicative list of portfolios relevant to the committee's consideration. Portfolios may be listed under more than one committee. Papers should be submitted to the most relevant committee for the subject matter.

Cabinet Legislation Committee (LEG)

To consider the legislation programme, draft Bills and regulations, government responses to petitions, select committee reports, and Law Commission reports.  LEG may also consider minor policy issues relating to these matters.

Government responses to significant select committee reports and Law Commission reports should be dealt with at a policy committee if they involve significant new policy or amendments to existing policy.

Membership

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
Hon Grant Robertson
Hon Chris Hipkins (Chair)
Hon Andrew Little
Hon David Parker
Hon Poto Williams
Hon Kris Faafoi
Hon Michael Wood (Deputy Chair)
Hon Kiri Allan
Hon Dr David Clark
Kieran McAnulty, MP (Senior Government Whip)

Relevant Portfolios

All portfolios

Frequency

Meets weekly during sitting weeks

Cabinet Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti Committee (MCR)

To consider strategic and policy matters relating to Treaty of Waitangi settlement negotiations and the delivery of post-settlement commitments, the Crown's Treaty obligations, the revitalisation of te reo Māori, and opportunities that exist in the post-Treaty settlement environment.

Membership

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
Hon Grant Robertson
Hon Kelvin Davis (Chair)
Hon Andrew Little (Deputy Chair)
Hon David Parker
Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Hon Damien O'Connor
Hon Stuart Nash
Hon Peeni Henare
Hon Willie Jackson
Hon Kiri Allan
Hon Meka Whaitiri

Relevant Portfolios5

Agriculture
Attorney-General
Conservation
Economic and Regional Development
Environment
Local Government
Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti
Māori Development
Oceans and Fisheries
Rural Communities
Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations
Whānau Ora

Frequency

Meets monthly, or as required

Notes

  1. [5] This is an indicative list of portfolios relevant to the committee's consideration. Portfolios may be listed under more than one committee. Papers should be submitted to the most relevant committee for the subject matter.

Cabinet Social Wellbeing Committee (SWC)

To consider strategic and policy matters which support an equal, inclusive, and fair standard of living for all New Zealanders, including education, health, justice, income support, homelessness, public housing and residential tenancy issues, and the health and social impacts of COVID-19.

Membership

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
Hon Grant Robertson
Hon Kelvin Davis
Hon Dr Megan Woods
Hon Chris Hipkins (Deputy Chair)
Hon Carmel Sepuloni (Chair)
Hon Andrew Little
Hon Poto Williams
Hon Damien O'Connor
Hon Kris Faafoi
Hon Peeni Henare
Hon Willie Jackson
Hon Jan Tinetti
Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall
Hon Aupito William Sio
Hon Meka Whaitiri
Hon Priyanca Radhakrishnan

Relevant Portfolios6

ACC
Arts, Culture and Heritage
Child Poverty Reduction
Children
Community and Voluntary Sector
Corrections
Courts
COVID-19 Response
Disability Issues
Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities
Education
Health
Housing
Justice
Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti
Māori Development
Pacific Peoples
Police
Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence
Rural Communities
Seniors
Social Development and Employment
Sport and Recreation
Veterans
Whānau Ora
Women
Youth

Frequency

Meets weekly during sitting weeks

Notes

  1. [6] This is an indicative list of portfolios relevant to the committee's consideration. Portfolios may be listed under more than one committee. Papers should be submitted to the most relevant committee for the subject matter.
Last updated: 
Thursday, 3 December 2020

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