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Cabinet Office circular

CO (17) 12: Cabinet Committees: Structure, Terms of Reference and Membership

Issue date: 
Wednesday, 17 January 2018
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

Updated 1 March 2018

This circular has been updated to reflect the name change of the Cabinet National Security and External Relations Committee (NSC) to the Cabinet External Relations and Security Committee (ERS).

1 The Prime Minister has agreed to the new Cabinet committee structure, terms of reference, and membership. The Cabinet committees are as follows:

1.1 Cabinet Appointments and Honours Committee (APH);

1.2 Cabinet Business Committee (CBC);

1.3 Cabinet Priorities Committee (CPC);

1.4 Cabinet Crown/Māori Relations Committee (CMR);

1.5 Cabinet Economic Development Committee (DEV);

1.6 Cabinet Environment, Energy and Climate Committee (ENV);

1.7 Cabinet External Relations and Security Committee (ERS);

1.8 Cabinet Government Administration and Expenditure Review Committee (GOV);

1.9 Cabinet Legislation Committee (LEG);

1.10 Cabinet Social Wellbeing Committee (SWC).

2 The list of membership and committee terms of reference is attached.

Michael Webster
Secretary of the Cabinet

Enquiries:

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

Jenny Vickers, Senior Advisor
Ph: (04) 817 9336
jenny.vickers@dpmc.govt.nz

Cabinet Appointments and Honours Committee (APH)

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

Membership

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern (Chair)
Rt Hon Winston Peters (Deputy Chair)
Hon Kelvin Davis
Hon Grant Robertson
Hon Chris Hipkins
Hon Andrew Little
Hon Dr David Clark
Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Hon Jenny Salesa
Hon Tracey Martin
Hon Peeni Henare
Hon Aupito William Sio
Hon Julie Anne Genter

Relevant Portfolios

All portfolios

Frequency

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

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern (Chair)
Rt Hon Winston Peters (Deputy Chair)
Hon Kelvin Davis
Hon Grant Robertson
Hon Phil Twyford
Hon Dr Megan Woods
Hon Chris Hipkins
Hon Andrew Little
Hon Carmel Sepuloni
Hon Dr David Clark
Hon David Parker
Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Hon Tracey Martin
Hon James Shaw

Relevant Portfolios

All portfolios

Frequency

Meets during non-sitting weeks if required

 

Cabinet Crown/Māori Relations Committee (CMR)

  • Consider strategic and policy matters relating to the Treaty of Waitangi settlement negotiations and the delivery of post-settlement commitments, the Crown’s Treaty obligations, opportunities that exist in the post-Treaty settlement environment, and engagement between the Crown and iwi on policy issues.
  • Ensure the co-ordination and delivery of relevant government priorities and monitor the achievement of relevant goals and outcomes.

Membership

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
Rt Hon Winston Peters
Hon Kelvin Davis (Chair)
Hon Grant Robertson
Hon Andrew Little
Hon David Parker
Hon Nanaia Mahuta (Deputy Chair)
Hon Stuart Nash
Hon Damien O’Connor
Hon Shane Jones
Hon Peeni Henare
Hon Willie Jackson
Hon Meka Whaitiri
Hon Eugenie Sage

Relevant Portfolios1

Agriculture
Attorney-General
Conservation
Crown/Māori Relations
Economic Development
Environment
Fisheries
Local Government
Māori Development
Regional Economic Development
Rural Communities
Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations
Whānau Ora

Frequency

Meets monthly during sitting weeks

 

Cabinet Priorities Committee (CPC)

  • Consider overall government priorities and major strategic issues.
  • Consider significant issues as determined by the Prime Minister or Cabinet. Implementation aspects of these issues will be considered by the appropriate committee, once major policy directions have been set.
  • Responsible for the overall co-ordination and delivery of the government’s priorities. 

Membership

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern (Chair)
Rt Hon Winston Peters (Deputy Chair)
Hon Kelvin Davis
Hon Grant Robertson
Hon Phil Twyford
Hon Dr Megan Woods
Hon Chris Hipkins
Hon Andrew Little
Hon Carmel Sepuloni
Hon Dr David Clark
Hon David Parker
Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Hon Tracey Martin
Hon James Shaw

Relevant Portfolios

All portfolios

Frequency

Meets monthly during sitting weeks 

 

Cabinet Economic Development Committee (DEV)

  • Consider strategic and policy matters relating to sustainable economic, urban, and regional development, urban form and infrastructure (excluding state sector), transport, communications, research and innovation in business, and a productive, prosperous, skilled workforce.
  • Ensure the co-ordination and delivery of relevant government priorities and monitor the achievement of relevant goals and outcomes.

Membership

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
Rt Hon Winston Peters
Hon Kelvin Davis
Hon Grant Robertson (Chair)
Hon Phil Twyford
Hon Dr Megan Woods (Deputy Chair)
Hon David Parker
Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Hon Stuart Nash
Hon Iain Lees-Galloway

Hon Jenny Salesa
Hon Damien O’Connor
Hon Clare Curran
Hon Shane Jones
Hon Kris Faafoi
Hon Willie Jackson
Hon Meka Whaitiri
Hon James Shaw
Hon Eugenie Sage
Fletcher Tabuteau, MP

Relevant Portfolios2

ACC
Agriculture
Biosecurity
Broadcasting, Communications, and Digital Media
Building and Construction
Civil Defence
Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Crown/Māori Relations
Customs
Economic Development
Energy and Resources
Environment
Employment
Finance
Fisheries
Food Safety
Forestry
Greater Christchurch Regeneration

Housing and Urban Development
Immigration
Infrastructure
Land Information
Local Government
Māori Development
Pike River
Racing
Regional Economic Development
Research, Science and Innovation
Revenue
Rural Communities
Small Business
Statistics
State Owned Enterprises
Tourism
Trade and Export Growth
Transport
Workplace Relations and Safety

Frequency

Meets weekly during sitting weeks

 

Cabinet Environment, Energy and Climate Committee (ENV)

  • Consider strategic and policy matters relating to environmental issues, sustainable energy use and resource management, including the safeguarding of New Zealand’s natural resources and indigenous flora, fauna, and biodiversity, the reduction of carbon and biological emissions, and climate change adaptation and mitigation policies.
  • Ensure the co-ordination and delivery of relevant government priorities and monitor the achievement of relevant goals and outcomes.

Membership

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
Rt Hon Winston Peters
Hon Kelvin Davis
Hon Grant Robertson
Hon Phil Twyford
Hon Dr Megan Woods
Hon David Parker (Chair)
Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Hon Stuart Nash
Hon Damien O’Connor
Hon Shane Jones
Hon Meka Whaitiri
Hon James Shaw (Deputy Chair)
Hon Eugenie Sage

Relevant Portfolios3

Agriculture
Biosecurity
Climate Change
Conservation
Crown/Māori Relations
Economic Development
Energy and Resources
Environment
Fisheries
Forestry
Local Government
Māori Development
Regional Economic Development
Research, Science and Innovation
Transport

Frequency

Meets fortnightly during sitting weeks

 

Cabinet External Relations and Security Committee (ERS)

  • Oversight of the national security and intelligence sector, and to consider strategic, policy and legislative matters relating to the sector, foreign affairs, defence (excluding Defence procurement), resilience, and significant hazards.
  • Co-ordinate and direct national responses to major crises or circumstances affecting national security (either domestic or international).
  • Ensure co-ordination and delivery of relevant government priorities and monitor the achievement of relevant goals and outcomes.

ERS, or a subcommittee of ERS as determined by the Prime Minister, will have Power to Act where the need for urgent action and/or operational or security considerations require it.

Membership

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern (Deputy Chair)
Rt Hon Winston Peters(Chair)
Hon Kelvin Davis
Hon Grant Robertson
Hon Andrew Little
Hon David Parker
Hon Stuart Nash
Hon Ron Mark

With the addition of the relevant portfolio Minister as appropriate.

Relevant Portfolios4

Biosecurity
Broadcasting, Communications, and Digital Media
Customs
Civil Defence
Defence
Foreign Affairs
GCSB
Health
Immigration
National Security and Intelligence
NZSIS
Police

Frequency

Meets monthly during sitting weeks

 

Cabinet Government Administration and Expenditure Review Committee (GOV)

  • Consider matters relating to state sector management and government expenditure including significant sector infrastructure, investment, and procurement proposals (including defence procurement), and related government administration matters such as the location of government functions in the regions, digital government, state sector employment relations, and promoting open government and transparency.
  • Ensure the co-ordination and delivery of relevant government priorities and monitor the achievement of relevant goals and outcomes.

Membership

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
Rt Hon Winston Peters
Hon Kelvin Davis
Hon Grant Robertson (Chair)
Hon Phil Twyford
Hon Chris Hipkins (Deputy Chair)
Hon Dr David Clark
Hon David Parker
Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Hon Stuart Nash
Hon Clare Curran
Hon Ron Mark
Hon Tracey Martin
Hon Shane Jones
Hon James Shaw
Hon Julie Anne Genter

Relevant Portfolios5

Corrections
Defence
Education
Finance
Government Digital Services
Health
Infrastructure
Internal Affairs
Local Government
Revenue
Regional Economic Development
State Owned Enterprises
State Services
Statistics
Transport

Frequency

Meets fortnightly during sitting weeks

 

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

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
Rt Hon Winston Peters
Hon Chris Hipkins (Chair)
Hon Andrew Little
Hon David Parker
Hon Stuart Nash
Hon Iain Lees-Galloway (Deputy Chair)
Hon Damien O’Connor
Hon Tracey Martin
Hon Julie Anne Genter
Hon Eugenie Sage
Hon Ruth Dyson (Senior Government Whip)

Relevant Portfolios

All portfolios

Frequency

Meets weekly during sitting weeks

 

Cabinet Social Wellbeing Committee (SWC)

  • Consider strategic and policy matters relating to social wellbeing to support a fair and dignified standard of living for all New Zealanders, including education, health, justice, income support, access to warm, dry homes, and child poverty reduction.
  • Ensure co-ordination and delivery of relevant government priorities and monitor the achievement of relevant goals and outcomes.

Membership

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
Rt Hon Winston Peters
Hon Kelvin Davis
Hon Grant Robertson
Hon Phil Twyford
Hon Chris Hipkins
Hon Andrew Little
Hon Carmel Sepuloni (Chair)
Hon Dr David Clark
Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Hon Stuart Nash
Hon Jenny Salesa
Hon Damien O’Connor
Hon Tracey Martin (Deputy Chair)
Hon Peeni Henare
Hon Willie Jackson
Hon Aupito William Sio
Hon Julie Anne Genter
Michael Wood, MP
Jan Logie, MP

Relevant Portfolios6

ACC
Arts, Culture and Heritage
Child Poverty Reduction
Children
Community and Voluntary Sector
Corrections
Courts
Crown/Māori Relations
Disability Issues
Education
Employment
Ethnic Communities
Health
Housing and Urban Development
Justice
Māori Development
Pacific Peoples
Police
Rural Communities
Seniors
Social Development
Sport and Recreation
Veterans
Whānau Ora
Women
Youth

Frequency

Meets weekly during sitting weeks

 

References

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 This is an indicative list of portfolios relevant to the committee’s consideration. Portfolios may be listed under more than one committee. Papers should be submitted to the most relevant committee for the subject matter.

Last updated: 
Friday, 2 March 2018

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