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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 9 March 2017 [279 KB]

Portfolio: ACC

Associate Minister for ACC: Hon Jacqui Dean

All matters in respect of ACC operations relating to individual client and levy payer outcomes;

Oversight of the response to the Independent Review of the Acclaim Otago (Inc) 2015 Report into Accident Compensation Dispute Resolution Processes;

Matters requiring Ministerial attention in relation to the processing and management of sensitive claims;

Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Portfolio: Children

Associate Minister for Children: Hon Alfred Ngaro

Leading the delivery of the Engaging All New Zealanders work programme;

Leading engagements within the Pacific Island community, and assisting the Minister in wider community engagements;

All matters relating to the Community Response Forums, including defining purpose and representation, and strategic oversight;

Providing sponsorship to the Prevention work programme;

Overseeing liaison with the new child advocacy service, VOYCE;

Supporting the Minister on matters relating to Community Investment;

Reviewing the functions and oversight requirements for the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki in light of the changes to the care system;

Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

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 Nathan Guy

Working with other Economic Development Ministers to provide strategic oversight of regional, sectoral and Maori economic development issues, in particular through the Business Growth Agenda and the Regional Growth Programme;

Specific leadership opportunities, as may be agreed, in relation to regional, sectoral and Maori economic development as they arise;

Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Associate Minister for Economic Development: Hon Te Ururoa Flavell

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 other Economic Development Ministers to provide strategic oversight of regional and Maori economic development issues through the Business Growth Agenda and Regional Growth Programme, and agreeing specific leadership opportunities as they arise;

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;

Oversight of the development of the Auckland Education Growth Plan;

Matters relating to schools payroll, including:

  • day to day oversight, including matters relating to industry standard contracts for the delivery of payroll services;
  • oversight of the strategic positioning of schools payroll;
  • matters relating to the management of the Ministry's response to the Holidays Act compliance review;

Day to day oversight of matters relating to teacher workforce supply, including oversight of the implementation of the contract with Teachfirst NZ and the overarching strategy/plan for the education workforce;

Leading the development and implementation of changes to the Digitally Fluent Citizenship/nation curriculum;

Matters relating to Communities of Online Learning;

Oversight of the Secretary for Education's statutory role in collective bargaining;

Matters relating to the delivery of bundled services to support Communities of Learning;

Working with the Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education on the day to day operations of partnership schools/Kura Hourua.

Associate Minister of Education: Hon Louise Upston

Development of an overarching strategy relating to parental and community support and engagement in education;

Managing the government's relationship with the New Zealand School Trustees Association;

Oversight of the following initiatives within the Education portfolio:

  • Secondary-Tertiary Alignment Resource;
  • Trades Academies;
  • the provision of alternative education;
  • the provision of career guidance and options for career service offerings in schools;

Monitoring the outcomes of the following programmes relating to re-engagement of 16 and 17 year olds:

  • Year 9 Plus;
  • Count Me In;
  • ARoNA;

Matters relating to the Kainga Ora - Northland Place-Based Initiative, including monitoring the work of the local Social Wellbeing Governance Group;

Progressing initiatives relating to Initial Teacher Education.

Portfolio: Finance

Associate Minister of Finance: Hon Simon Bridges

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

Assistance on work relating to expenditure control, with a particular focus on Budget items in the Business Growth Agenda streams;

Making decisions, as Minister of Finance, on individual applications for consent and for exemptions under the Overseas Investment Act 2005;

Assisting the Minister in relation to his role as a shareholder in State Owned Enterprises (other than in relation to the Crown's shareholdings in Airways Corporation of New Zealand Limited and KiwiRail Holdings Limited, and the Crown's interest in New Zealand Railways Corporation);

Assisting the Minister in relation to the Public Trust;

Assisting the Minister in relation to Crown Research Institutes;

Assisting the Minister in relation to his role as a shareholder in Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand Limited.

Associate Minister of Finance: Hon Amy Adams

Assistance on work relating to expenditure control, with a particular focus on social spending and other items not included in Business Growth Agenda streams;

Assisting the Minister in relation to community trusts;

Assisting the Minister in relation to his role in all Crown entity companies, excluding Crown Research Institutes;

Assisting the Minister in relation to his role as a shareholder in companies listed in Schedule 4A of the Public Finance Act 1989, excluding Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand Limited;

Assisting the Minister in relation to his role as a shareholder in the mixed ownership model companies.

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.

Associate Minister of Health: Hon Nicky Wagner

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 David Bennett

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 because they are in New Zealand unlawfully;

Reconsideration of cases after court action.

Portfolio: Justice

Associate Minister of Justice: Hon Mark Mitchell

All matters relating to Justices of the Peace;

Appointments to, and monitoring of, the following Crown entities: Human Rights Commission, Independent Police Conduct Authority, Privacy Commissioner, Public Trust, Electoral Commission, and the Real Estate Agents Authority;

Appointments to, and monitoring of, a number of specified Ministry of Justice-administered tribunals and statutory bodies;

Occupational regulation policy, statutes and tribunals relating to lawyers and conveyancers, pawnbrokers and second-hand dealers, private investigators and security guards, prostitution, and real estate agents;

Functions and responsibilities relating to:

  • legal services, including Legal Aid, Public Defence Service, and Community Law Centres;
  • Youth Justice matters, including the Youth Crime Action Plan;
  • Search and Surveillance review;
  • response to the Law Commission report on National Security Information;
  • all international reporting obligations, including human rights and corruption;
  • Ministerial exemptions under section 157 of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009;
  • provision of protective fiduciary services by the Public Trust;
  • alcohol policy;
  • electoral policy and legislation;
  • the development and passage of specified Bills on the justice legislation programme;
  • implementation of the Judicature Modernisation Bill;
  • taking Rules Committee proposals through the Cabinet process;

A number of specified statutory functions relating to:

  • directions under the Proceeds of Crimes Act 1991;
  • appointment under section 6A of the Arbitration Act 1996;
  • authorisations under sections 9(1)(i) to (j) of the Oaths and Declarations Act 1957;
  • requests for consent under section 177 of the Senior Courts Act 2016;
  • concurrence under section 93 of the Films, Videos, Publications Classification Act 1993;

Assisting the Minister on matters relating to the Justice sector, and other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Portfolio: Local Government

Associate Minister of Local Government: Hon Jacqui Dean

Assisting the Minister in maintaining a strong relationship between central and local government;

Responding to governance issues at the Kaipara District Council and Environment Canterbury (in conjunction with the Minister for the Environment);

Overseeing matters relating to local government online voting and voter participation;

Assistance on legislative matters, including requests for orders in council, work on local government issues in statutues amendment bills, and oversight of the Local Government Regulatory Systems Bill;

All matters relating to the Dog Control Act 1996 and subsequent policies;

All matters relating to the Lake Taupo harbour masters, offshore islands for which the Minister of Local Government is the territorial authority, and the Rules Reduction Taskforce government response;

Contributing to the government's response to the Law Commission's review of the Burial and Cremation Act 1964;

Participation in the Fire Services Review;

Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

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 Louise Upston

Responsibility for the forestry and skills development components of the Primary Industries portfolio, including work relating to:

  • the Emissions Trading Scheme as it relates to forestry;
  • Crown Forestry;
  • Afforestation Grant Schemes;
  • skills development, including responsibility for the Taratahi Agriculture Training Centre;
  • the Walking Access Commission;

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

Portfolio: Social Housing

Associate Minister for Social Housing: Hon Alfred Ngaro

Responsibilities relating to advice on operational issues from the Ministry of Social Development in respect of:

  • emergency housing supply;
  • administration of Emergency Housing Special Needs Grants;
  • Social Housing needs assessment;
  • Social Housing Register management;
  • the calculation and review of income-related rent subsidies;
  • provider matching and placement;
  • the payment of income-related rent-subsidies to housing providers;

Responsibilities relating to policy and operational advice from the Ministry of Social Development in respect of tenancy reviews, the provision of housing support products, and fraud investigations and legal actions relating to housing;

Responsibilities relating to advice on operational issues from Housing New Zealand Corporation in respect of the management of individual tenancies;

Responsibilities relating to advice on operational issues from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in respect of community housing provider policy settings, including the tax treatment of community housing providers;

Responsibilities relating to policy and operational advice from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in respect of social housing provider regulation and community housing provider capability.

Portfolio: Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment

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

Matters relating to the policy and provision of careers information services;

Day to day responsibilities relating to:

  • industry training;
  • Adult and Community Education (ACE);

Oversight of the development of the tertiary component of the Initial Teacher Education work programme;

Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Portfolio: Tourism

Associate Minister of Tourism: Hon Nicky Wagner

All matters relating to:

  • the New Zealand Cycle Trail, including the Maintaining the Great Rides Fund;
  • Approved Destination Status Tours;
  • Maori Arts and Crafts Institute;
  • liaison with the border sector;
  • labour market issues, skills and employment as they relate to the tourism sector;

Other initiatives as agreed from time to time.

Portfolio: Transport

Associate Minister of Transport: Hon David Bennett

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 responsibilities relating to Safer Journeys, road policing, and the road toll, with the exception of all commercial oil and gas related matters and matters relating to the Small Passenger Services Review;

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.