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Cabinet Office circular

CO (16) 6: Cabinet Committees - terms of reference and membership

Issue date: 
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
Issue status: 
Current
Version note: 

Intended for:

  • All Ministers
  • All Chief Executives
  • Chief of Staff, Prime Minister's Office
  • All Senior Private Secretaries
  • All Private Secretaries
  • Chief Parliamentary Counsel

The Prime Minister has agreed to changes to the membership of Cabinet committees to take account of the changes in Ministerial responsibilities that took effect from 20 December 2016. An updated list of the membership of Cabinet committees is attached for your information.

Michael Webster
Secretary of the Cabinet

Enquiries:

Martin Bell, Deputy Secretary of the Cabinet
Ph: (04) 817 9740
martin.bell@dpmc.govt.nz

Janine Harvey, Principal Advisor
Ph: (04) 817 9638
janine.harvey@dpmc.govt.nz

Cabinet Appointments and Honours Committee (APH)

To consider appointments to statutory and other government agencies, chief executive appointments, nominations for New Zealand Royal Honours, and associated policy.

Membership (Chair in bold)

Rt Hon Bill English
Hon Paula Bennett
Hon Steven Joyce
Hon Gerry Brownlee
Hon Amy Adams
Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
Hon Christopher Finlayson QC
Hon Anne Tolley
Hon Hekia Parata
Hon Maggie Barry
Hon Alfred Ngaro
Hon Peter Dunne
Hon Te Ururoa Flavell
David Seymour MP

Relevant Portfolios

All portfolios

Timing

Meets weekly during sitting weeks

Cabinet Business Committee (CBC)

To consider policy issues, appointments, bills and regulations, and other matters that require decisions before the next scheduled applicable Cabinet committee meeting, when other committees are not meeting and the House of Representatives is adjourned.  CBC will meet only on a strictly if required basis.

Membership (Chair in bold)

Rt Hon Bill English
Hon Paula Bennett
Hon Steven Joyce
Hon Gerry Brownlee
Hon Simon Bridges
Hon Amy Adams
Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
Hon Christopher Finlayson QC
Hon Michael Woodhouse
Hon Anne Tolley

Relevant Portfolios

All portfolios

Timing

Meets during non-sitting weeks if required.

Cabinet Economic Growth and Infrastructure Committee (EGI)

To consider policy issues relating to economic growth, trade, infrastructure, natural resources, local government, Auckland issues, and Canterbury and Kaikōura earthquake recovery issues. 

Membership (Chair in bold)

Rt Hon Bill English
Hon Paula Bennett
Hon Steven Joyce
Hon Gerry Brownlee
Hon Simon Bridges
Hon Amy Adams
Hon Michael Woodhouse
Hon Nathan Guy
Hon Dr Nick Smith
Hon Judith Collins
Hon Todd McClay
Hon Maggie Barry
Hon Paul Goldsmith
Hon Louise Upston
Hon Alfred Ngaro
Hon Nicky Wagner
Hon Mark Mitchell
Hon Jacqui Dean
Hon David Bennett
Hon Te Ururoa Flavell

Relevant Portfolios

Building and Construction
Greater Christchurch Regeneration
Civil Defence
Climate Change Issues
Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Communications
Conservation
Customs
Economic Development
Energy and Resources
Environment
Finance
Food Safety
Immigration
Infrastructure
Internal Affairs
Land Information
Local Government
Māori Development
Primary Industries
Racing
Regulatory Reform
Revenue
Science and Innovation
Small Business
State Owned Enterprises
Statistics
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment
Tourism
Trade
Transport
Workplace Relations and Safety

Timing

Meets weekly during sitting weeks.

Cabinet External Relations and Defence Committee (ERD)

To consider policy issues and other matters relating to foreign affairs, development assistance, and defence.  (Defence procurement issues will be considered at SEC.)

Membership (Chair in bold)

Rt Hon Bill English
Hon Paula Bennett
Hon Steven Joyce
Hon Gerry Brownlee
Hon Simon Bridges
Hon Christopher Finlayson QC
Hon Michael Woodhouse
Hon Nathan Guy
Hon Murray McCully
Hon Todd McClay

Relevant Portfolios

Defence
Foreign Affairs
GCSB
Immigration
National Security and Intelligence
NZSIS
Police
Primary Industries
Trade

Timing

Meets fortnightly during sitting weeks (alternates with meetings of TOW).

Cabinet Legislation Committee (LEG)

To consider the legislation programme, draft Bills and regulations, government responses to petitions, select committee reports, and Law Commission reports.  LEG may also consider minor policy issues relating to these matters.

Government responses to significant select committee reports and Law Commission reports should be dealt with at a policy committee if they involve significant new policy or amendments to existing policy.

Membership (Chair in bold)

Rt Hon Bill English
Hon Steven Joyce
Hon Gerry Brownlee
Hon Simon Bridges
Hon Amy Adams
Hon Christopher Finlayson QC
Hon Nikki Kaye
Hon Judith Collins
Hon Paul Goldsmith
Hon Jacqui Dean
Tim Macindoe (Senior Government Whip)

Relevant Portfolios

All portfolios

Timing

Meets weekly during sitting weeks

Cabinet National Security Committee (NSC)

To have oversight of the national intelligence and security sector, and to consider policy and legislative proposals relating to the sector.

To co-ordinate and direct national responses to major crises or circumstances affecting national security (either domestic or international).

NSC will have Power to Act where the need for urgent action and/or operational or security considerations require it.

Membership (Chair in bold)

Rt Hon Bill English
Hon Paula Bennett
Hon Steven Joyce
Hon Gerry Brownlee
Hon Simon Bridges
Hon Amy Adams
Hon Christopher Finlayson QC
Hon Michael Woodhouse
Hon Murray McCully

With the addition of other relevant portfolio Ministers as appropriate.

Relevant Portfolios

Civil Defence
Defence
Foreign Affairs
GCSB
National Security and Intelligence
NZSIS
Police
Prime Minister

Timing

Meets when required.

Cabinet Committee on State Sector Reform and Expenditure Control (SEC)

To control and review government expenditure to improve value for money in the State sector, including significant infrastructure and investment proposals in the State sector, and to consider State sector reform and other State sector issues.

Membership (Chair in bold)

Rt Hon Bill English
Hon Paula Bennett
Hon Steven Joyce
Hon Gerry Brownlee
Hon Simon Bridges
Hon Amy Adams
Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
Hon Michael Woodhouse
Hon Anne Tolley
Hon Hekia Parata
Hon Judith Collins
Hon David Bennett
Hon Peter Dunne

Relevant Portfolios

All portfolios

Frequency

Meets weekly during sitting weeks

Cabinet Social Policy Committee (SOC)

To consider social policy and social investment issues, including education, health, justice and law and order, welfare reform, child poverty and vulnerable children.

Membership (Chair in bold)

Rt Hon Bill English
Hon Paula Bennett
Hon Steven Joyce
Hon Amy Adams
Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
Hon Christopher Finlayson QC
Hon Michael Woodhouse
Hon Anne Tolley
Hon Hekia Parata
Hon Nikki Kaye
Hon Judith Collins
Hon Maggie Barry
Hon Paul Goldsmith
Hon Louise Upston
Hon Alfred Ngaro
Hon Nicky Wagner
Hon Mark Mitchell
Hon David Bennett
Hon Peter Dunne
Hon Te Ururoa Flavell
David Seymour

Relevant Portfolios

ACC
Arts, Culture and Heritage
Attorney-General
Children
Community and Voluntary Sector
Corrections
Courts
Disability Issues
Education
Ethnic Communities
Health
Justice
Māori Development
Pacific Peoples
Police
Seniors
Social Development
Social Housing
Social Investment
Sport and Recreation
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment
Veterans’ Affairs
Whanau Ora
Women
Youth

Frequency

Meets weekly during sitting weeks.

Cabinet Strategy Committee (STR)

To set the overall strategic direction and policy priorities of the government.

STR will not be used for detailed policy development or implementation, which will be considered by the relevant policy committee once the strategic direction has been set.

Membership (Chair in bold)

Rt Hon Bill English
Hon Paula Bennett
Hon Steven Joyce
Hon Gerry Brownlee
Hon Simon Bridges
Hon Amy Adams
Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
Hon Christopher Finlayson QC
Hon Michael Woodhouse
Hon Anne Tolley
Hon Hekia Parata

Relevant Portfolios

All portfolios

Frequency

Meets on the first Monday of each sitting period or other times as arranged.

Cabinet Committee on Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations (TOW)

To consider Treaty of Waitangi settlement negotiations, and other policy issues relating to the Treaty of Waitangi.

Membership (Chair in bold)

Rt Hon Bill English
Hon Steven Joyce
Hon Christopher Finlayson QC
Hon Anne Tolley
Hon Nathan Guy
Hon Dr Nick Smith
Hon Maggie Barry
Hon Mark Mitchell
Hon Jacqui Dean
Hon Te Ururoa Flavell

Relevant Portfolios

Attorney-General
Conservation
Environment
Land Information
Local Government
Maori Development
Primary Industries
Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations

Frequency

Meets fortnightly during sitting weeks (alternates with meetings of ERD).

Last updated: 
Friday, 27 January 2017

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