Department of Labour (New Zealand)
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|Dissolved||30 June 2012|
The Department of Labour (Māori: Te Tari Mahi) was a New Zealand public sector organisation tasked with improving the performance of the labour market and, through this, strengthening the economy and increasing the standard of living.
The Department was established under the Liberal Government of New Zealand in 1891 as the Bureau of Industries with Edward Treager as its sole employee. The following year, when W. Pember Reeves was appointed the first Minister of Labour, the department changed its name to the Department of Labour.
The Labour Department Act 1893 defined the general duties of and powers of the department, which were to administer the labour laws, acquire and disseminate knowledge of occupations with a view to improving relations between employers and workers, and collect and publish information on industries and rates of wages. Over time, the functions of the department changed, including the acquisition of responsibilities around employment. The department's functions were reaffirmed through the Labour Department Act 1954. As a result, the Employment and Immigration Departments were merged into the Department of Labour.
One division of the Department of Labour was the Immigration Department, which was established in 1912. The Immigration Department underwent several incarnations including the Immigration Division and Immigration Service before assuming its current name, Immigration New Zealand.
In March 2012 Prime Minister John Key announced that the Department of Building and Housing would be integrated into a new Ministry comprising the Ministry of Economic Development, the Department of Labour, Ministry of Science and Innovation and the Department of Building and Housing. The new Ministry began operating on 1 July 2012. Immigration New Zealand also followed its parent organization into the newly-formed Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
Employment New Zealand is the brand name for the part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment responsible for overseeing the former functions of the Department of Labour.
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- Former Department of Labour official site (redirects to Employment New Zealand)