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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 Seymore 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 9 December 2014. [228 KB]

Portfolio: ACC

Associate Minister for ACC: Hon Paul Goldsmith

All matters in respect of ACC operations relating to individual client concerns;

Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Portfolio: Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Associate Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: Hon Nicky Wagner

Liaison with the Community Forum and other community groups which have formed as a result of the seismic events in Canterbury;

Oversight of the following central city projects and precincts:

  • Te Papa Otakaro/Avon River Precinct (limited to the Precinct);
  • CERA's role supporting Ngai Tahu in the development of the Te Puna Ahurea Cultural Centre;
  • CERA's role supporting MBIE on the Innovation Precinct;

Representing the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery on the Earthquake Memorial Leadership Group;

Hearing representations from compensation claimants as per section 64(4) of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011, and making recommendations to the Minister on whether compensation is payable and the amount of compensation to be paid;

The Accessible City chapter of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan;

Liaison with Callaghan Innovation, MBIE, NZTA and other relevant agencies to progress the government's consideration of a business case for the Sensing City project;

Liaison with Waimakariri and Selwyn District Councils as the first point of Ministerial contact (this does not include decisions on infrastructure or the Residential Red Zone);

Liaison with Environment Canterbury, including oversight of the Natural Environment Recovery Programme (excluding matters relating to the Lyttelton Port, and HAIL site matters);

The Community in Mind Psychosocial Strategy and related health and wellbeing initiatives;

The Philanthropy Programme;

Chairing the Cross-Party Forum, if necessary in the Minister's absence;

Overview of the Residential Advisory Service.

Portfolio: Climate Change Issues

Associate Minister for Climate Change Issues: Hon Simon Bridges

General assistance in the portfolio, with a particular focus on domestic policy issues.

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 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.

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.

Portfolio: Economic Development

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.

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 Ltd, 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 4A of the Public Finance Act 1989, excluding Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand Ltd and Education Payroll Ltd, subject to the exclusions set out below;

The above two delegations are subject to the following exclusions: shareholder powers in relation to capital injections and approvals of financing by any of the SOEs or other entities; shareholder powers in relation to the Mixed Ownership Model companies listed in Schedule 5 of the Public Finance Act 1989 and Air New Zealand Ltd; and any statutory powers (other than appointment or reappointment) relating to directors or the boards of any of the SOEs, CRIs or other entities;

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

Assistance on work relating to expenditure control.

Associate Minister of Finance: Hon Paula Bennett

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; Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand Ltd; and Education Payroll Limited, subject to the exclusions set out below;

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

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.

Portfolio: Foreign Affairs

Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs: Hon Todd McClay

General assistance in the portfolio.

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.

Associate Minister of Health: Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga

Functions and responsibilities within the Health portfolio relating to:

  • Disability Support Services funded and managed by the Ministry of Health for people under 65 years of age;
  • tobacco;
  • aged care;
  • Pacific Health (within the context of the Ministry of Health's Pacific Health Strategy, Ala Mo'ui: Pathways to Pacific Health and Wellbeing, and associated work programme);
  • certification of healthcare services (Health Cert) and oversight of the Health and Disability (Safety) Act 2001;
  • forensic mental health services (including the granting of Ministerial long leave and approving changes of legal status for special and restricted patients.

Portfolio: Immigration

Associate Minister of Immigration: Hon Craig Foss

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;

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 for a visa in the normal manner because they are in New Zealand unlawfully;

Reconsideration of cases after court action.

Portfolio: Justice

Associate Minister of Justice: Hon Simon Bridges

Functions and responsibilities within the Justice portfolio relating to:

  • Justices of the Peace, with the exception of appointments of Justices of the Peace in the Associate Minister's electorate;
  • the Real Estate regulations;
  • Statutes Amendment Bills;
  • Private Investigators and Security Guards;
  • Community Law Centres;
  • Legal Aid (not including the Public Defenders Service) (the Minister of Justice will retain final oversight of all decisions with financial implications outside the current funding for the Service);
  • tribunals associated with the above functions and responsibilities;
  • other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Portfolio: Local Government

Associate Minister of Local Government: Hon Louise Upston

Functions and responsibilities within the Local Government portfolio relating to:

  • the review of future governance issues of Environment Canterbury in consultation with the Minister for the Environment;
  • governance issues regarding the Kaipara District Council;
  • local government election issues, including issues regarding voter participation, online voting, and the recommendations of the 2013 select committee review;
  • responsibility for offshore islands for which the Minister of Local Government is the territorial authority;
  • leading the Local Government portfolio's participation in the Better Property Services work programme, and the promotion of local authority involvement with the Open Government Data Programme and geospatial data and infrastructure initiatives;
  • issues relating to dog control;
  • requests from councils for Orders in Council and other regulations;
  • Local Government portfolio contributions to Statutes Amendment Bills;
  • select committee advice on local bills;

Assisting the Minister of Local Government on the development of any future legislation;

Assisting the Minsiter of Local Government in maintaining a strong relationship between central government and individual territorial local authorities.

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.

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;

Assistance with general policy development across the Primary Industries portfolio, including skills development and water reform;

Other matters within the Primary Industries portfolio, as agreed from time to time.

Portfolio: Social Development

Associate Minister for Social Development: Hon Jo Goodhew

Responsibility for the Students and Integrity Services work of the Ministry of Social Development relating to Study Link operations and Student Job Search, together with initiatives to combat welfare fraud and the management of monies owed to the Ministry;

Responsibility for overseeing the improvement of security at the Ministry's service delivery centres throughout New Zealand;

Responsibility and oversight of work relating to the Families Commission/Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (SuPERU);

Assisting the Minister for Social Development on work relating to the implementation of the Investing in Services for Outcomes programme.

Portfolio: Sport and Recreation

Associate Minister for Sport and Recreation: Hon Murray McCully

Assisting the Minister for Sport and Recreation with the work of High Performance Sport New Zealand, including its service delivery to New Zealand's elite athletes;

Completion of the high performance facility network including, where necessary, leveraging of funding contributions from non-government funders;

Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Portfolio: Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment

Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Hon Louise Upston

Day to day responsibilities relating to:

  • Industry Training;
  • Private Training Establishments;
  • Adult and Community Education;

Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Portfolio: Tourism

Associate Minister of Tourism: Hon Paula Bennett

General assistance in the portfolio, with a particular focus on the following areas:

  • regional tourism, including Local Government and Regional Tourism Organisations;
  • labour market issues as they relate to the tourism sector, including skills and employment;
  • tourism research and data.

Portfolio: Trade

Associate Minister of Trade: Hon Todd McClay

General assistance in the portfolio, with a particular focus on trade missions, trade promotion, and PACER Plus.

Portfolio: Transport

Associate Minister of Transport: Hon Craig Foss

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;

Responsibility for all transport safety matters (aviation, maritime, rail and road), including policy, development and making of all Transport Rules and consequential Regulations, including responsibilities relating to Safer Journeys, road policing and the road toll, but excluding responsibilities relating to commercial oil and gas related matters;

Responsibility for policy development for the public transport component of the SuperGold Card scheme, including day to day oversight of the scheme (excluding Budget-related decisions);

Day to day oversight of Crown agency relations in respect of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (excluding Budget-related decisions);

Responsibility for the provision of weather forecasting services (currently provided under contract by MetService), in terms of the Meteorological Services Act 1990 (excluding Budget-related decisions);

Responsibility for the Ministry of Transport's annual research and statistics programme, and its associated publications throughout the year.