Ministry of Economic Development (New Zealand)

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Ministry of Economic Development
Manatū Ōhanga
Logo of the Ministry of Economic Development
Agency overview
Dissolved1 July 2012
Superseding agency
JurisdictionNew Zealand

The Ministry of Economic Development (Māori: Manatū Ōhanga) was a New Zealand public sector organisation tasked with promoting development of New Zealand's economy. Known as the Ministry of Commerce until 2000,[1] it was renamed in 2000 under the Fifth Labour Government, then replaced with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on 1 July 2012 by the subsequent National Government.[2]

The Ministry dealt with policy in a wide range of different areas including energy, communications, the radio spectrum, industry and regional development, intellectual property, consumer issues, tourism, international trade, and the regulatory environment.

At the time of its disestablishment, the Ministry supported eight ministerial portfolios: the Minister of Economic Development (Lead Minister for the Ministry of Economic Development), the Minister of Commerce, the Minister for Communications and Information Technology, the Minister of Consumer Affairs, the Minister of Energy and Resources, the Minister of Regulatory Reform, the Minister for Small Business, and the Minister of Tourism,[3] and previously provide support for the disestablished positions of Minister for Industry and Regional Development and Minister responsible for the Government Superannuation Fund, and to the Minister of Broadcasting and the Minister for Sport, Fitness and Leisure before support for these positions was provided by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.[4]

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  1. ^ "Editorial: What's in a new name?". New Zealand Herald. 30 June 2000. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  2. ^ Joyce, Steven; Coleman, Jonathan (24 April 2012). "MBIE to proceed from 1 July" (Press release). Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Working with ministers". Ministry of Economic Development. 4 April 2012. Archived from the original on 7 November 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Working with ministers". Ministry of Economic Development. 25 July 2000. Archived from the original on 5 December 2000. Retrieved 2 December 2017.

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