Mō Te Tari Taiwhenua
About the Department
Our purpose is to serve and connect people, communities and Government to build a safe, prosperous and respected nation.
With a regional presence from Kaitaia to Invercargill, and also in London and Sydney, we have a strong role in meeting the needs of New Zealanders in communities across the country and overseas. We have built a culture based on collaboration and purposeful action, where people feel valued, connected, and empowered.
As part of Te Aka Taiwhenua, our Māori Strategic Framework, we have four mātāpono (principles) woven through the way we work and how we relate to one another.
Strength in unity, togetherness, solidarity, collective action, reciprocity and respect.
Maintaining and nurturing relationships and ensuring people are looked after.
Shared experiences and working together, which provides people with a sense of belonging.
People, both internal and external, are important to what we do and the culture we create.
The Department introduced a new outcomes framework last year under the banner of Tō Tātou Mahi – a term we are using to describe the Department’s organisational strategy. This strategy will be used to align our efforts over the next 10 years and will drive us towards improving the wellbeing of the people we serve. Our people contributed to the creation of four outcome statements that will continue to guide us in progressing the Department as a high performing organisation and a great place to work. A fifth outcome statement, reflecting the Department’s commitment to partnerships with Māori and our Treaty obligations, is under development.
Because of our mahi:
- People can easily access the services and information they need
- Iwi, hapū and communities across New Zealand are safe, resilient and thriving
- People's sense of belonging and collective memory builds an inclusive New Zealand
- New Zealand is a well functioning democracy across central and local government
Our services, roles and functions
The Department leads and supports a range of services that are important to New Zealanders’ lives.
- managing and protecting the integrity of national identity information;
- holding the nation and the Government’s memory through the National Library of New Zealand and Archives New Zealand;
- regulating activities across 14 regulatory systems;
- leading the digital transformation of Government services, information and engagement;
- informing, resourcing and advising many different communities, including supporting ethnic communities to develop and maintain a positive sense of belonging to New Zealand;
- administering grant funding schemes and promoting trust and confidence in the charitable sector;
- providing policy advice to Government;
- supporting the effective and efficient operation of Executive Government;
- coordinating official Guests of Government visits, and national ceremonial and commemorative events;
- supporting public and Government inquiries under the Inquiries Act;
- monitoring the performance of two Crown entities (Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the Office of Film and Literature Classification); and
- managing the statutory appointment processes for members of a range of boards, trusts and committees.