Ngā kōrero whakamārama ki te Minita ka Hou Mai

Nau mai ki Te Tari Taiwhenua
Welcome to the Department of Internal Affairs

Ko tā te Tari Taiwhenua he whakarato me te hono i ngā iwi, ngā hapori me te kāwanatanga ki te hanga motu haumaru, tōnui, whai mana hoki.

The Department of Internal Affairs serves and connects people, communities and Government to build a safe, prosperous, respected nation.

Kōrero Whakataki

This is the Department of Internal Affairs’ (the Department) overarching Briefing to Incoming Ministers (BIM). It outlines the Department’s responsibilities, ministerial accountabilities, Vote information, and key contacts. The Minister of Internal Affairs is the ownership Minister for the Department, working with other Portfolio Ministers, supported by the Department.

Accompanying this BIM is your portfolio specific BIM. It sets out opportunities and challenges for the portfolio and outlines your roles and responsibilities, along with the Department’s.

You can draw on the full range of the Department’s skills and expertise gained from the broad spectrum of work we do. The Department’s activities reach all New Zealanders in some way. We are there for people during some of life’s biggest moments; recording the marriages, civil unions, births, and deaths of New Zealanders. Every New Zealander can show their connection to our country through our national identity documents, such as passports. We administer community grants, trusts and fellowships totalling around $300 million per annum, including Crown-funded schemes and through the Lottery Grants Board.

We regulate a wide range of systems, including gambling, preventing online harms such as child sexual exploitation and abuse, and preventing and countering violent extremism online to make New Zealand a safer place. We preserve, and make accessible, heritage and Government records through Archives New Zealand and the National Library. We also support Government agencies to deliver services to people in ways that work for them, for example, by leading Government digital transformation.

We also work to uphold the trust and confidence New Zealanders have in their Government by ensuring Ministers are well supported to carry out their roles efficiently, effectively and transparently.

We look forward to working with you, to support the delivery of your priorities.

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