Department of Internal Affairs (New Zealand)

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Department of Internal Affairs
Te Tari Taiwhenua
Agency overview
Jurisdiction New Zealand
Headquarters 46 Waring Taylor Street, Wellington
41°16′55″S 174°46′35″E / 41.281821°S 174.776408°E / -41.281821; 174.776408
Minister responsible Hon. Peter Dunne[1], Minister of Internal Affairs
Agency executive Colin Macdonald, Chief Executive
Child agencies Archives New Zealand
New Zealand Lottery Grants Board
Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management
Local Government Commission
National Library of New Zealand
Office for the Community & Voluntary Sector
Office of Ethnic Affairs
Website http://www.dia.govt.nz/

The New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs (in Māori Te Tari Taiwhenua) is a state sector organisation whose roles include the issue of passports; administering citizenship grant applications, and lottery grant applications; enforcement of censorship and gambling law; registration of births, deaths, marriages and civil unions; providing policy advice on a range of issues; and supplying support services to Ministers of the Crown.

Other services provided by the department include a translation service, publication of the New Zealand Gazette (the official newspaper of the Government of New Zealand), a flag hire service, management of VIP visits to New Zealand, running the Lake Taupo harbourmaster's office (under a special agreement with the local iwi) and the administration of offshore islands.

Colin Macdonald serves as the Secretary of Internal Affairs. Peter Dunne became Minister of Internal Affairs on 28 January 2014.[2][3] In total seven Ministers have responsibilities administered by the Department.[4]

On 25 March 2010 the Minister of State Services announced that Archives New Zealand and the National Library of New Zealand would be merged into the Department.[5] Library and Archives stakeholders have expressed serious concerns about the changes proposed.[6][7] During the late 1990s both the Library and Archives were separated from the Department along with Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

History[edit]

The Department traces its roots back to the Colonial Secretary's Office, which from the time New Zealand became a British colony, in 1840, was responsible for almost all central Government duties. Many of these responsibilities were lost as new departments and ministries were formed. The office's name was changed to the Department of Internal Affairs in 1907, and it became the home for a diverse range of government functions providing services to New Zealanders and advice to Ministers of the Crown. This role continues to the present day, as new roles and functions have come into the Department and others have been transferred elsewhere.

Related organisations[edit]

The Department of Internal Affairs encompasses several organisations. These include the Office of Ethnic Affairs, which provides information to ethnic communities and policy advice to the government; the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management, which manages the national response to civil defence emergencies, provides leadership of the sector including the development of standards and guidance and leads a coordinated national public education campaign; and the Local Government Commission, which makes decisions on the structure and representation requirements of local government. The Department's present activities also include the implementation of recent dog control and local government legislation.

The Department also has responsibility for supporting the community and voluntary sector through the Office for the Community and Voluntary Sector.

The Knowledge, Information, Research and Technology (KIRT) Branch includes the Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO), vested in the Chief Executive of the Department of Internal Affairs which has responsibility for developing and overseeing the government's ICT (Information, Communications and Technology) strategy and providing strategic advice on related matters. The KIRT branch also includes the National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Māturanga o Aotearoa and Archives New Zealand, Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga. (These two organisations were integrated into the Department on 1 February 2011.

Another branch - Shared Services - provides secretariat support for several entities including:

  • The Gambling Commission
  • The Local Government Commission
  • Commissions of Inquiry and ad hoc bodies (as of October 2011 there are two Royal Commissions operating:
    1. the Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine tragedy
    2. the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission.)
  • The Library and Information Advisory Commission, Ngā Kaiwhakamārama i ngā Kohikohinga Kōrero
  • The Public Lending Right Advisory Group
  • The Guardians Kaitiaki of the Alexander Turnbull Library
  • The Archives Council
  • The Film and Literature Board of Review
  • Confidential Listening and Assistance Service

List of Ministers of Internal Affairs[edit]

The following persons have served as the New Zealand Minister of Internal Affairs[8] since the Department of Internal Affairs replaced the Colonial Secretary's Office in 1907:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peter Dunne looks forward to 'picking up the threads'". Television New Zealand. 2014-01-21. Retrieved 2014-01-30. "Mr Dunne has been appointed Minister of Internal Affairs, Associate Minister of Health and Associate Minister of Conservation [...]. [...] The Governor-General will swear in the new Ministers next Tuesday." 
  2. ^ "Prime Minister announces changes to Ministry". 2014-01-21. Retrieved 2014-01-29. "Prime Minister John Key today announced changes to the National-led Government's Ministerial line-up, to take effect from Tuesday, 28 January. [...] Peter Dunne will be appointed Minister of Internal Affairs, Associate Minister of Health and Associate Minister of Conservation. Mr Dunne will be a Minister outside Cabinet [...]." 
  3. ^ Rutherford, Hamish (2014-01-28). "Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, Peter Dunne sworn in". The Dominion Post (Fairfax NZ News). Retrieved 2014-01-29. "[...] Peter Dunne has had his ministerial warrant restored at a ceremony in the Beehive this afternoon." 
  4. ^ http://www.dia.govt.nz/pubforms.nsf/URL/SOI2008-11.pdf/$file/SOI2008-11.pdf
  5. ^ Beehive Press Release
  6. ^ ARANZ Press Release
  7. ^ LIANZA Press Release
  8. ^ "Ministries, etc". Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  9. ^ The New Zealand Official Year-book, 1913
  10. ^ Butterworth, Graham (2012-10-30), Pomare, Maui Wiremu Piti Naera, "Story: Pomare, Maui Wiremu Piti Naera", Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (Te Ara), retrieved 2014-01-30, "[...] in 1928 [he] served temporarily as minister of internal affairs." 
  11. ^ Bassett, Michael (1997). The Mother of All Departments: The History of the Department of Internal Affairs. Auckland University Press. p. 85. ISBN 9781869401757. Retrieved 2014-02-03. "[...] in the National Coalition government [... a] dour Southland farmer, Adam Hamilton, was minister of Internal Affairs until January 1933 [...]" 
  12. ^ Gustafson, Barry (2012-10-30). "Parry, William Edward". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Retrieved 2014-02-04. "Parry [...] was an automatic choice for Savage's first cabinet in 1935, and served as minister of internal affairs until 1949 [...]." 
  13. ^ Brooking, Tom (2013-06-05). "Bodkin, William Alexander". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Retrieved 2014-02-04. "When National won the treasury benches in 1949, he served as minister of internal affairs [...]" 
  14. ^ Bassett, Michael (1997). The Mother of All Departments: The History of the Department of Internal Affairs. Auckland University Press. p. 194. ISBN 9781869401757. Retrieved 2014-01-30. "Margaret Austin [...] succeeded [Michael Bassett] as Minister of Internal Affairs in February 1990 [...]" 
  15. ^ Bassett, Michael (1997). The Mother of All Departments: The History of the Department of Internal Affairs. Auckland University Press. p. 270. ISBN 9781869401757. Retrieved 2014-01-31. "After [Warren] Cooper's election to the [Queenstown] mayoralty [in October 1995] Bolger announced that he expected him to stand down as Minister of Internal Affairs in the New Year. Reluctantly, Cooper obliged." 
  16. ^ "Nathan Guy appointed as a Minister". Stuff.co.nz. 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2014-02-04. "National's senior whip Nathan Guy has been appointed as Internal Affairs Minister to replace Richard Worth, Prime Minister John Key said today." 
  17. ^ "Key brings new faces to front bench". Radio New Zealand. 2011-12-12. Retrieved 2014-02-03. "[...A]fter a Cabinet reshuffle announced by Prime Minister John Key [... t]here are four new ministers in the lineup. Selwyn MP and former Finance select committee chairperson, Amy Adams, is ranked 20 and is inside Cabinet. She will be Minister of Internal Affairs and Minister for Communications and Information Techology." 
  18. ^ "PM prepared to deal with NZ First". Radio New Zealand News. 2014-01-21. Retrieved 2014-01-30. "The Prime Minister [...] reinstated Peter Dunne as a minister. [...] Peter Dunne will be the Minister of Internal Affairs, Associate Health Minister and Associate Minister of Conservation outside of Cabinet. [...] The changes take effect from 28 January." 

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