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Schedule of Responsibilities Delegated to Associate Ministers

Associate Ministers are appointed to provide portfolio Ministers with assistance in carrying out their portfolio responsibilities. The control of the portfolio always rests with the portfolio Minister. The Schedule of Responsibilities Delegated to Associate Ministers provides a summary list of the responsibilities that portfolio Ministers have delegated to Associate Ministers. In addition to these specific delegations, Ministers may involve Associate Ministers in other issues and general duties associated with the portfolio.

The Schedule of Responsibilities Delegated to Associate Ministers and Parliamentary Under-Secretaries include responsibilities delegated to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary (David Seymour MP) in relation to the offices of the Minister of Education and Minister for Regulatory Reform.

Schedule of Responsibilities Delegated to Associate Ministers and Parliamentary Under-Secretaries as at 16 February 2016 [225 KB]

Portfolio: ACC

Associate Minister for ACC: Hon Jacqui Dean

Portfolio: Children

Associate Minister for Children: Hon Alfred Ngaro

Portfolio: Conservation

Associate Minister of Conservation: Hon Nicky Wagner

All matters relating to community partnerships, including supporting the Minister of Conservation on work relating to business partnerships;

All matters relating to Conservation Boards;

All matters relating to conservation in the Christchurch City Rebuild;

Matters relating to the Mackenzie Accord;

Matters regarding the Department of Conservation's role in supporting the regulation of importing endangered species and in supporting the Ministry for Primary Industries and Customs in border protection;

Liaison with Ministerial appointed boards, including the Community Conservation Partnerships Fund, the Nature Heritage Fund, and Nga Whenua Rahui;

Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Associate Minister of Conservation: Hon Peter Dunne

All matters relating to the establishment and ongoing progress of the Game Animal Council;

All matters related to aerially assisted trophy hunting and wild animal recovery operations;

All matters pertaining to hunting on public conservation land, including hunter safety but excluding the hunting of game birds;

Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Portfolio: Economic Development

Associate Minister for Economic Development: Hon Nathan Guy

Associate Minister for Economic Development: Hon Te Ururoa Flavell

Functions and responsibilities within the Economic Development portfolio relating to:

  • working within the government's Business Growth Agenda programme to ensure Maori interests are represented;
  • working with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise to encourage growth of Maori businesses internationally;
  • working with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Tertiary Education Commission to encourage skills provision for Maori businesses;
  • day to day responsibilities for the development and implementation of policies to attract investment and jobs in specified regions of New Zealand (as agreed from time to time, but including Northland, Eastern Bay of Plenty, Whanganui, and the East Coast);
  • other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Portfolio: Education

Associate Minister of Education: Hon Nikki Kaye

Matters relating to information and communications technologies infrastructure (ICT), including:

  • all matters relating to the development of a managed network to connect all schools, including reporting to shareholder Ministers on progress being made by the Network for Learning Company;
  • all matters relating to the implementation and roll-out of the School Network Upgrade Project;

Matters relating to school properties, including:

  • day to day oversight of school property matters, including defective buildings, earthquake strengthening, capital works and maintenance;
  • day to day oversight of implementation of the infrastructural components of the major education renewal and development programmes, including the implementation of the redevelopment of Christchurch and Auckland schools;
  • opportunities to streamline infrastructural investments that efficiently and effectively deliver property, ICT and educational improvement to schools and their communities;

All matters relating to the maintenance of an affordable and equitable school transport service;

Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Associate Minister of Education: Hon Louise Upston

Portfolio: Finance

Associate Minister of Finance: Hon Simon Bridges

General assistance in the portfolio.

Portfolio: Greater Christchurch Regeneration

Associate Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration: Hon Nicky Wagner

DPMC-related monitoring and evaluation of psychosocial support and related health and wellbeing initiatives;

Monitoring the Community in Mind Psychosocial Strategy and related health and wellbeing initiatives;

Determining whether compensation is payable and the amount of compensation to be paid under both section 114 of the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act 2016 and section 64 of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011;

Liaison with the key community groups which have formed as a result of the seismic events in Canterbury around their ongoing roles in regeneration;

Liaison and oversight of the Learning and Legacy project and Symposium scheduled for February 2017;

Oversight of the following central city projects and precincts in conjunction with Otakaro Limited and DPMC:

  • Te Papa Otakaro/Avon River Precinct (limited to the Precinct);
  • the Performing Arts Precinct;
  • the Earthquake Memorial;

Liaison with the Christchurch City Council, Otakaro Limited and the Arts Community on the development of the Performing Arts precinct;

Representing the Minister on the Earthquake Memorial Leadership Group;

Overview and future approach of the Residential Advisory Service;

Liaison with local strategic partners, Waimakariri and Selwyn District Councils, Environment Canterbury and Te Rununga o Ngai Tahu as the first point of Ministerial contact on regeneration matters (not including decisions on the Cost Sharing Agreement, infrastructure, or future use of the Residential Red Zone).

Portfolio: Health

Associate Minister of Health: Hon Peter Dunne

Functions and responsibilities within the Health portfolio relating to:

  • Medicines Strategy New Zealand (including the enhanced role of pharmacists in patient medicines management, and assisting with PHARMAC);
  • Environmental Public Health;
  • Health Quality and Safety Commission;
  • oral health;
  • problem gambling;
  • ambulance services;
  • the National Drug Policy, including alcohol, drugs and psychoactive substances;
  • Ethics Committees.

Portfolio: Immigration

Associate Minister of Immigration: Hon David Bennett

Portfolio: Justice

Associate Minister of Justice: Hon Mark Mitchell

Portfolio: Maori Development

Associate Minister for Maori Development: Hon Christopher Finlayson QC

General assistance in the portfolio, with a particular focus on work relating to the reform of Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993.