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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.

See the latest Schedule of Responsibilities Delegated to Associate Ministers as at 4 March 2014 [pdf file, 226 KB].

Portfolio: ACC

Associate Minister for ACC: Hon Craig Foss

All matters relating to:

  • ACC operations relating to individual client concerns, including all matters relating to the ACC Sensitive Claims Pathway and other aspects of systems and processes for dealing with sensitive claims;
  • ACC aspects of the New Zealand Ambulance Strategy;
  • ACC aspects of the Whole of Government Radio Network;

Ministerial correspondence related to the delegation;

Other initiatives as agreed from time to time. 

Portfolio: Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Associate Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: Hon Amy Adams

Responsibility for liaison with the Community Forum and other community groups which have formed for the seismic events in Canterbury;

General assistance in the portfolio;

Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Portfolio: Climate Change Issues (Climate Change Issues portfolio now incorporates the responsibilities formerly included in the International Climate Change Negotiations responsibility)

Associate Minister for Climate Change Issues: Hon Simon Bridges

General assistance in the portfolio.

Portfolio: Conservation

Associate Minister of Conservation: Hon Peter Dunne

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

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

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

Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Portfolio: Corrections

Associate Minister of Corrections: Hon Dr Pita Sharples

Responsibility for Maori Focus Units;

Responsibility for Whare Oranga Ake Units;

Ministerial correspondence relating to the above delegations;

Assisting the Minister of Corrections on work relating to rehabilitation and reintegration;

Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Portfolio: Education (includes responsibility for the Education Review Office)

Associate Minister of Education: Hon Dr Pita Sharples

All matters relating to Kaupapa Maori Education, including Puna reo development (tribal dialects), Kohanga reo, Kura and governance and management training forKuraboards;

Ministerial correspondence in relation to Kaupapa Maori Education in early childhood and school settings;

Leading work related to Tataiako (cultural competency) and the Reading Together Literacy Programme;

Ministerial correspondence in relation to the above delegation;

Assisting the Minister of Education on work relating to capturing and reflecting iwi identity, language, partnerships and culture in local curriculum design and delivery in all early childhood and school settings;

Contributions from an education portfolio perspective to the development of transition education from school to further education, including involvement in the implementation of the Youth Guarantee;

Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Associate Minister of Education: Hon Nikki Kaye

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

  • policy work to develop a definition, vision and strategy for digital literacy;
  • all matters relating to the development of a managed network to connect all schools;
  • all matters relating to the implementation and roll-out of the School Network Upgrade Project;
  • the promotion of technology as a tool to aid learning;

Matters relating to school property, including:

  • day to day oversight of school property matters, especially defective buildings, earthquake strengthening, capital works and maintenance;
  • completion of the school properties review process;
  • opportunities to streamline infrastructural investments that efficiently and effectively deliver property, ICT and educational improvements 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.

Portfolio: Finance

Associate Minister of Finance: Hon Steven Joyce

Day to day responsibilities, functions and powers of the Minister of Finance in his role as a shareholder in all SOEs and the following other entities in which the Minister has a shareholder (or equivalent) interest:  TVNZ; Radio NZ Ltd; and Public Trust; subject to the exclusions set out below;

Day to day responsibilities, functions and powers of the Minister of Finance in his role as a shareholder in all companies listed in Schedule 4 of the Public Finance Act 1989, excluding Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand Ltd, and subject to the exclusions set out below;

The above two delegations are subject to the following exclusions:  powers in relation to capital injections and approvals of financing;  powers in relation to the Mixed Ownership Model;  and any statutory powers (other than appointment or reappointment) relating to directors or the boards of any of the SOEs or other entities;

Responsibilities of the Minister of Finance in relation to proposals made by the Minister in relation to those appropriations in Vote Finance for which he is responsible;

Day to day responsibilities, functions and powers of the Minister of Finance in relation to Chorus Limited;

Assistance on work relating to expenditure control.

Associate Minister of Finance: Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman

Day to day responsibilities, functions and powers of the Minister of Finance under the Overseas Investment Act 2005, as a shareholder in Crown Research Institutes, and in relation to Community Trusts, and for the following other entities in which the Minister has a shareholder (or equivalent) interest:  New Zealand Venture Investment Fund; and Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand Ltd; subject to the exclusions set out below;

The above delegation is subject to the following exclusions:  powers in relation to capital injections and approvals of financing;  and any statutory powers (other than appointment or reappointment) relating to directors or the boards of any of the CRIs or other entities;

Responsibilities, functions and powers of the Minister of Finance to approve (jointly with the relevant Vote Minister or Minister responsible for an appropriation) expenditure or changes in appropriations and baselines in cases where the amount involved is less than $5 million in each financial year;

Assistance on work relating to expenditure control.

Responsibility for the completion of the Monitored Major Projects Report.

Portfolio: Foreign Affairs

Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs: Hon Tim Groser

General assistance in the portfolio.

Portfolio: Health

Associate Minister of Health: Hon Peter Dunne

Functions and responsibilities within the Health portfolio relating to:

  • mental health, including problem gambling and suicide prevention;
  • Medicines Strategy New Zealand, including the enhanced role of pharmacists in patient medicines management, and assisting with PHARMAC;
  • the National Drug Policy, including alcohol;

Assistance with the public/private health sector interface.

Associate Minister of Health: Hon Tariana Turia

Functions and responsibilities within the Health portfolio relating to:

  • Maori health, including Maori provider development;
  • Disability Support Services funded and managed by the Ministry of Health for people under 65 years of age;
  • Whanau Ora implementation;
  • Pacific health;
  • oral health;
  • tobacco;
  • the rheumatic fever programme.

Associate Minister of Health: Hon Jo Goodhew

Functions and responsibilities within the Health portfolio relating to:

  • public health, including water, environmental health, nutrition, exercise, screening, communicable diseases (including immunisation, eg measles), but excluding emergency management;
  • aged care;
  • certification of healthcare services (Health Cert) and oversight of the Health and Disability (Safety) Act 2001;
  • the Health Quality and Safety Commission;
  • the Health Promotion Agency;
  • rural health; 

Assistance with primary health care policy and implementation.

Ministerial correspondence related to the delegation.

Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Portfolio: Housing

Associate Minister of Housing: Hon Paula Bennett

Matters, as agreed, relating to housing needs assessment;

Community Group Housing (a service provided by Housing New Zealand Corporation);

Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Associate Minister of Housing: Hon Tariana Turia

Kainga Whenua policy;

Putea Maori policy;

Assistance with rural housing;

Assistance with initiatives within the Housing portfolio aimed at promoting whanau, hapu and iwi as social housing providers, including transfer of HNZC stock;

Implementation of government policy related to the Auditor-General's report on "Government planning and support for housing on Maori land";

Assistance with the delivery of HNZC Community Redevelopment projects in predominantly Maori/Pacific Island communities;

Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Portfolio: Immigration

Associate Minister of Immigration: Hon Nikki Kaye

Residence appeals referred by the Immigration and Protection Tribunal for consideration of approval as exceptions to government residence instructions;

Requests for exceptions to government residence instructions that have not been through the Immigration and Protection Tribunal appeal process;

Requests for special directions;

Requests to reconsider temporary entry applications;

Requests for visas under section 61 of the Immigration Act 2009 from people who are not entitled to apply because they are in New Zealand unlawfully;

Reconsideration of cases after court action.

Portfolio: Justice (includes responsibility for the Law Commission)

Associate Minister of Justice: Hon Chester Borrows

All matters relating to Justices of the Peace;

All matters relating to Real Estate regulations;

Statutes Amendment Bills;

Agreed aspects of international law;

Responses to recommendations of the Regulations Review Committee;

The Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993;

Matters relating to private investigators and security guards;

All legislative and policy matters relating to the proposed Criminal Procedure Amendment Bill, final commencement orders, and rules and regulations necessary to bring fully into force the Criminal Procedure Act 2011;

Ministerial correspondence related to the delegation;

Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Portfolio: Local Government

Associate Minister of Local Government: Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga

Functions and responsibilities within the Local Government portfolio relating to:

  • the completion of the amendments to the Local Government Act 2002;
  • the completion of the Financial Prudence regulations;
  • governance issues regarding the Kaipara District Council;
  • local government election issues, including issues regarding voter participation;

Assistance on work relating to:

  • the development of a performance improvement framework for local government;
  • the development of the government's response to the report of the Productivity Commission into local regulation;

Assistance in maintaining strong relationships between central government and individual territorial local authorities;

Ministerial correspondence relating to the delegation;

Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Portfolio: Maori Affairs

Associate Minister of Māori Affairs: Hon Christopher Finlayson

Functions and responsibilities within the Maori Affairs portfolio relating to:

  • the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993;
  • the Maori Trust Boards Act 1955;

Assisting the Minister of Maori Affairs on matters relating to Maori land ratings and tax;

Ministerial correspondence related to the delegation;

Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Portfolio: Primary Industries

Associate Minister for Primary Industries: Hon Jo Goodhew

Responsibility for the forestry component of the Primary Industries portfolio, including work relating to:

  • the Emissions Trading Scheme as it relates to forestry;
  • Crown Forestry;
  • Afforestation Grant Schemes;

Other initiatives within the agriculture component of the Primary Industries portfolio, as agreed from time to time.

Portfolio: Social Development

Associate Minister for Social Development: Hon Chester Borrows

Responsibility for the Students and Integrity Services work of the Ministry of Social Development, as they relate to StudyLink Operations including Student Job Search, together with initiatives to combat welfare fraud and the management of monies owed to the Ministry;

Assistance on work to develop Youth Justice policy and practice to improve the outcomes for children and young people who come into contact with the Youth Justice system, in particular:

  • responding to the Select Committee inquiry into the identification, rehabilitation and care and protection of child offenders;
  • improving the effectiveness of Family Group conferences;
  • the range of Fresh Start initiatives;

Responsibility for the government’s day-to-day relationship with the Social Workers Registration Board, including being the first point of contact on routine issues that require Ministerial attention and Ministerial correspondence related to this delegation (formal Ministerial powers, including appointment powers, will remain with the Minister for Social Development).

Associate Minister for Social Development: Hon Tariana Turia

Functions and responsibilities within the Social Development portfolio relating to strategic input into Maori and Pacific employment initiatives; 

Responsibility for leading the government’s response to addressing and reducing the impact of family violence, including:

  • the Attitudes and Behaviour campaign;
  • Te Rito Family Violence Strategy;
  • MSD-funded Family Violence programmes (excluding Elder Abuse and Neglect and Co-ordination Funding);
  • the Maori Programme of Action –E Tu;
  • the Pacific Programme of Action; 
  • working with the Maori Reference Group and Pacific Advisory Group;
  • chairing the Cross-Party Meeting on Family Violence;
  • reporting to Cabinet on the outcomes of the family violence programmes;

Assisting the Minister for Social Development, as lead Minister, in the government’s response to addressing and reducing the impact of sexual violence, specifically:

  • assisting the Minister for Social Development in working with other Ministers to help prevent sexual violence and to pursue better outcomes for victims;
  • joint responsibility for the Advisory Panel on Sexual Violence Services (the Minister for Social Development will retain responsibility for sexual violence services provided to children and young people as part of Child, Youth and Family’s core business, including contracted services for children and young people with harmful sexual behaviour and those funded through both Departmental and Non-Departmental Expenditure);

Responsibility for leading Te Punanga Haumaru, the government's investment in services that aim to create safe and nurturing environments for children;

Responsibility for the Social Development input into the Tamaki Transformation project, including:

  • attendance at meetings of joint Tamaki Transformation Ministers called by the Minister of Housing;
  • Social Development input into the implementation of the Interim Tamaki Transformation Board’s recommendation for establishment of a Tamaki Regeneration and Development Company.

Portfolio: Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment

Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Hon Tariana Turia

Functions and responsibilities within the Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment portfolio relating to Maori and Pacific employment, including:

  • leading the development of strategies and programmes to enhance and improve employment outcomes for Maori people and Pacific people;
  • representing the government in engagements with employers, sectors and interest groups that train, employ or manage programmes aimed at delivering employment outcomes for Maori people and Pacific people;
  • advising the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment and other relevant Ministers on initiatives, policies and programmes that would enhance skills for Maori people and Pacific people, their participation in the labour market, and employment outcomes for Maori people and Pacific people;

Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Portfolio: Tourism

Associate Minister of Tourism: Hon Todd McClay

Functions and responsibilities within the Tourism portfolio relating to:

  • all regional tourism, including Local Government and Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs);
  • Maori tourism development, including the Maori Tourism Action Plan (working with the lead Minister, the Minister of Maori Affairs);
  • attendance at Australia/New Zealand Tourism Ministerial Council Meetings and any other international engagements as agreed from time to time;
  • the Approved Destination Status Scheme;

Ministerial correspondence related to the delegation.

Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

 

Portfolio: Transport

Associate Minister of Transport: Hon Michael Woodhouse

Responsibility for policy, development and making of all Land Transport Rules and consequential Regulations, including day to day oversight of existing Land Transport Rules and Regulations, unless otherwise specifically advised by the Minister of Transport;

All Ministry of Transport and transport Crown agency responsibilities relating to the implementation of the Safer Journeys Action Plan and other road safety matters, including responsibilities relating to the road toll, coroners' reports and existing road safety policy;

Other responsibilities within the transport portfolio relating to:

  • road policing;
  • rail safety;
  • public transport (excluding the public transport operating model, Christchurch and Auckland public transport, and metro rail);
  • accessibility and disability issues (including the Ministerial Committee on Disability Issues;
  • all walking and cycling issues;

Day to day oversight of Crown agency relations in respect of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission;

Responsibility for the SuperGold Card public transport scheme review.