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The New Zealand Cabinet functions as the policy and decision-making body of New Zealand governments executive branch. Its membership consists of the Prime Minister and Ministers of the Crown. New Zealand is a constitutional monarchy and a Commonwealth Realm, with Queen Elizabeth II as its reigning monarch, since February 6, 1952. ... Elizabeth II in an official portrait as Queen of Canada (on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002, wearing the Sovereigns badges of the Order of Canada and the Order of Military Merit) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary) (born 21 April 1926), styled HM The... Flag of the Governor-General of New Zealand. ... Anand Satyanand with Dame Silvia Cartwright Wikinews has news related to: New Governor-General of New Zealand announced Anand Satch[1] Satyanand, PCNZM (born 22 July 1944 in Auckland) is the Governor-General of New Zealand. ... The Executive Council of New Zealand is the body which provides the formal basis for the Cabinet. ... The Prime Minister of New Zealand is New Zealands head of government and is the leader of the party or coalition with majority support in the Parliament of New Zealand. ... For other persons named Helen Clark, see Helen Clark (disambiguation). ... A legislature is a type of representative deliberative assembly with the power to adopt laws. ... The Parliament of New Zealand consists of the Queen of New Zealand and the New Zealand House of Representatives and, until 1951, the New Zealand Legislative Council. ... The New Zealand House of Representatives is the legislature of New Zealand. ... In New Zealand the Speaker of the House of Representatives is the individual who chairs the countrys legislative body, the New Zealand House of Representatives (often also referred to as Parliament). The Speaker fulfils a number of important functions in relation to the operation the House, which is based... The Official Opposition in New Zealand is usually the largest political party or coalition which is not a member of the ruling government. ... The Leader of the Opposition in New Zealand is the politician who, at least in theory, leads the Opposition bloc in the New Zealand Parliament. ... Members of New Zealands House of Representatives, commonly called Parliament, normally gain their seats in nationwide general elections, or (less frequently) in by-elections. ... In New Zealand, an electorate is a voting district for Parliamentary elections. ... Referendums (or referenda) are held only occasionally by the government of New Zealand. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      In law, the judiciary or judicial is the system of courts which administer justice in the name of the sovereign or state, a mechanism for the resolution of disputes. ... The Supreme Court of New Zealand is the highest court of appeal in New Zealand, having formally come into existence at the beginning of 2004, and sitting for the first time on 1 July 2004. ... The Chief Justice of New Zealand is the senior judge of the High Court of New Zealand, and presides over the Supreme Court of New Zealand. ... The Court of Appeal of New Zealand, located in Wellington, is New Zealand’s principal intermediate appellate court. ... The High Court of New Zealand was established in 1841 and known as the Supreme Court until 1980. ... Region is the formal term for the top tier of local government in New Zealand. ... Territorial authorities is the formal term for the second tier of local government in New Zealand, below regional councils. ... A unitary authority is a type of local authority, which has a single tier and is responsible for all local government functions within its area. ... The following is a list of New Zealand politicians, both past and present. ... New Zealand national politics feature a pervasive party system. ... This page lists a number of articles relating to issues, ideas, and events in New Zealand politics. ... Apirana Ngata, perhaps the most prominent Maori politician Māori politics is the politics of the Māori people, who were the original inhabitants of New Zealand and who are now the countrys largest minority. ... New Zealand’s foreign policy is oriented chiefly toward developed democratic nations and emerging Pacific economies. ... Information on politics by country is available for every country, including both de jure and de facto independent states, inhabited dependent territories, as well as areas of special sovereignty. ... The Governments of New Zealand are based on the Westminster system of responsible government. ... The executive is the branch of a government charged with implementing, or executing, the law and running the day-to-day affairs of the government or state. ... The Prime Minister of New Zealand is New Zealands head of government and is the leader of the party or coalition with majority support in the Parliament of New Zealand. ...


All Cabinet ministers also serve as members of the Executive Council, which "advises" the Governor-General. The Executive Council of New Zealand is the body which provides the formal basis for the Cabinet. ... Flag of the Governor-General of New Zealand. ...

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Legislative basis

No legislative act established the Cabinet. Rather, it exists purely by constitutional convention. This convention carries sufficient weight for many official declarations and regulations to refer to the Cabinet, and a government department exists with responsibility for supporting it (the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet). Although Cabinet lacks any direct legislative framework for its existence, the Cabinet Manual has become the official document which governs its functions, and on which its convention rests. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet of New Zealand (often known by its acronym, DPMC) is the department charged with supporting the Prime Minister of New Zealand and their Cabinet. ...


The structure of Cabinet has as its basis the formal institution known as the Executive Council. Most Ministers hold membership of both bodies, but some Executive Councillors — known as "ministers outside Cabinet" — do not have Cabinet positions. The Executive Council of New Zealand is the body which provides the formal basis for the Cabinet. ...


Powers

The lack of formal legislation establishing Cabinet leaves its powers loosely defined. However, convention regarding Cabinet authority has considerable force, and generally proves strong enough to bind its participants. Theoretically, each minister operates independently, having received a ministerial warrant over a certain field from the Crown (represented by the Governor General). However, because the Governor-General can withdraw warrants on the Prime Minister's recommendation, the system can compel ministers to act within certain framework.


Cabinet itself acts as the accepted forum for establishing this framework. Ministers will jointly discuss the policy which the government as a whole will pursue, and any minister who does not exercise their respective powers in a manner compatible with Cabinet's decision risks losing those powers. This has become known as the doctrine of collective responsibility. (Problems can arise when the Prime Minister breaches collective responsibility, as occurred in 1988 when David Lange spoke out against a Cabinet decision in favour of Roger Douglas's radical economic reforms. The Cabinet cannot have the Prime Minister removed in the way that it can dismiss ordinary ministers, and Prime-Ministerial power remains secure unless the governing party or coalition itself decides to act.) David Russell Lange (IPA: lɔŋi) CH, ONZ (4 August 1942 — 13 August 2005), served as Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1984 to 1989. ... Sir Roger Douglas is a former New Zealand politician and senior Cabinet minister, best known for his leading role in the radical economic restructuring undertaken by the New Zealand Labour Party government in the 1980s. ...


Significant ministers include:

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Cabinet Committees

The Ministers of the Fifth Labour Government in 2005, with then Governor-General Dame Silvia Cartwright, 20 October 2005. Back Row: Hon Luamanuvao Winnie Laban, Hon Harry Duynhoven, Hon Dover Samuels, Hon Judith Tizard, Hon Mita Ririnui, Hon Mahara Okeroa. Middle Row: Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Hon David Cunliffe, Hon Lianne Dalziel, Hon Rick Barker, Hon Chris Carter, Hon David Benson-Pope, Hon Damien O'Connor, Hon David Parker, Hon Clayton Cosgrove. Front Row: Hon Mark Burton, Hon Pete Hodgson, Hon Phil Goff, Hon Jim Anderton, Rt Hon Helen Clark, Dame Silvia Cartwright, Hon Michael Cullen, Hon Steve Maharey, Hon Annette King, Hon Parekura Horomia, Hon Ruth Dyson. Absent: Hon Trevor Mallard>
The Ministers of the Fifth Labour Government in 2005, with then Governor-General Dame Silvia Cartwright, 20 October 2005. Back Row: Hon Luamanuvao Winnie Laban, Hon Harry Duynhoven, Hon Dover Samuels, Hon Judith Tizard, Hon Mita Ririnui, Hon Mahara Okeroa. Middle Row: Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Hon David Cunliffe, Hon Lianne Dalziel, Hon Rick Barker, Hon Chris Carter, Hon David Benson-Pope, Hon Damien O'Connor, Hon David Parker, Hon Clayton Cosgrove. Front Row: Hon Mark Burton, Hon Pete Hodgson, Hon Phil Goff, Hon Jim Anderton, Rt Hon Helen Clark, Dame Silvia Cartwright, Hon Michael Cullen, Hon Steve Maharey, Hon Annette King, Hon Parekura Horomia, Hon Ruth Dyson. Absent: Hon Trevor Mallard>

A Cabinet Committee comprises a subset of the larger Cabinet, consisting of a number of ministers who have responsibility in related areas of policy. Cabinet Committees go into considerably more detail than can be achieved at regular Cabinet meetings, discussing issues which do not need the input of ministers holding unrelated portfolios. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 512 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)20 October 2005 The Ministry of the third Government under Prime Minister Helen Clark poses for the countrys media with Governor-General... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 512 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)20 October 2005 The Ministry of the third Government under Prime Minister Helen Clark poses for the countrys media with Governor-General... Silvia Rose Cartwright, Governor-General of New Zealand Her Excellency Dame Silvia Rose Cartwright PCNZM DBE (née Poulter) (born November 7, 1943) is New Zealands second female Governor-General, and as the Queens representative, lives in Government House in the capital city of Wellington. ...


Cabinet Committees will often discuss matters referred to them by Cabinet itself, and then report back the results of their deliberation. This can sometimes become a powerful tool for advancing certain policies, as was demonstrated in the Lange government. Roger Douglas, Minister of Finance, and his allies succeeded in dominating the finance committee, enabling them to determine what it recommended to Cabinet. The official recommendation of the finance committee was much harder for his opponents to fight than his individual claims in Cabinet would be. Douglas was able to pass measures that, had Cabinet deliberated on them itself rather than pass them to Committee, would have been defeated. The Minister of Finance is a senior figure within the government of New Zealand. ...


Currently eight standing Cabinet Committees exist, of varying importance: 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • Policy Committee
  • Economic Development Committee
  • Social Development Committee
  • Legislation Committee
  • Government Expenditure and Administration Committee
  • Appointments and Honours Committee
  • External Relations and Defence Committee
  • Domestic and External Security Coordination Committee

Other Cabinet Committees may emerge on a temporary basis, with the purpose of investigating an issue of relevance at the time.


Current members of Cabinet

The table below lists the twenty current members of Cabinet. Ministers appear in their official order of seniority along with the portfolios and responsibilities they hold.

Incumbent Portfolios and responsibilities
Helen Clark
Michael Cullen
Jim Anderton
Steve Maharey
  • Minister of Broadcasting
  • Minister for Crown Research Institutes
  • Minister of Education
  • Minister of Research, Science and Technology
  • Minister Responsible for the Education Review Office
Phil Goff
  • Minister of Defence
  • Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control
  • Minister of Pacific Island Affairs
  • Minister of Trade
  • Minister for Trade Negotiations
  • Associate Minister of Finance
Annette King
  • Minister for Food Safety
  • Minister of Police
  • Minister of State Services
  • Minister of Transport
Trevor Mallard
  • Minister for Economic Development
  • Minister for Industry and Regional Development
  • Minister for the Rugby World Cup
  • Minister for State Owned Enterprises
  • Minister for Sport and Recreation
  • Associate Minister of Finance
Pete Hodgson
Parekura Horomia
  • Minister of Māori Affairs
  • Associate Minister of Education
  • Associate Minister of Fisheries
  • Associate Minister of Social Development and Employment (Employment)
  • Associate Minister of State Services
  • Associate Minister of Youth Affairs
Mark Burton
  • Minister of Justice
  • Minister of Local Government
  • Minister in Charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations
  • Minister Responsible for the Law Commission
Ruth Dyson
  • Minister for ACC
  • Minister for Disability Issues
  • Minister of Labour
  • Minister for Senior Citizens
  • Associate Minister of Social Development & Employment (including Child, Youth and Family)
Chris Carter
  • Minister of Conservation
  • Minister for Ethnic Affairs
  • Minister of Housing
Rick Barker
David Benson-Pope
Lianne Dalziel
  • Minister of Commerce
  • Minister for Small Business
  • Minister of Women's Affairs
Damien O'Connor
  • Minister of Corrections
  • Minister for Rural Affairs
  • Minister of Tourism
  • Associate Minister of Health
David Cunliffe
  • Minister of Communications
  • Minister of Immigration
  • Minister for Information Technology
  • Associate Minister of Economic Development
David Parker
  • Minister of Energy
  • Minister for Land Information
  • Minister Responsible for Climate Change issues
Nanaia Mahuta
  • Minister of Customs
  • Minister of Youth Affairs
  • Associate Minister for Environment
  • Associate Minister of Local Government
Clayton Cosgrove
  • Minister for Building Issues
  • Minister of Statistics
  • Associate Minister of Finance
  • Associate Minister of Immigration
  • Associate Minister of Justice

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The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (In Māori, Te Manatu Ahuwhenua, Ngaherehere) is the state sector organisation of New Zealand which deals with matters relating to agriculture and forestry. ... The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (In Māori, Te Manatu Ahuwhenua, Ngaherehere) is the state sector organisation of New Zealand which deals with matters relating to agriculture and forestry. ... Steven (Steve) Maharey (born 3 February 1953) serves as New Zealands Minister of Social Development and Employment, Minister of Housing, Minister of Broadcasting, Minister of Research, Science and Technology, Minister of Crown Research Institutes, and Minister of Youth Affairs. ... In the New Zealand state sector, a Crown Research Institute or CRI consists of a State-owned, semi-commercialised entity charged with conducting scientific research. ... Foreign Minister Phil Goff The Honourable Philip Bruce Goff (born 22 June 1953), generally known as Phil Goff, is the current Minister of Defence of New Zealand. ... Annette Faye King (born 13 September New Zealand politician. ... Trevor Colin Mallard (born 17 June 1954) is a New Zealand politician. ... State-Owned Enterprises in New Zealand (known as SOEs) are registered companies listed under Schedules 1 and 2 of the State-Owned Enterprises Act 1986. ... Peter Colin Hodgson (1950 - ) is a New Zealand politician. ... Current Ministry of Health logo The Ministry of Health (Manatū Hauora), formerly Department of Health from 1903 to 1993, is a department of the New Zealand government. ... Parekura Tureia Horomia (9 November 1950 - ) is a New Zealand politician. ... The Minister of Māori Affairs is an official of the New Zealand government who has broad responsibility for government policy towards Māori, the first inhabitants of New Zealand. ... Richard Mark Burton (known as Mark Burton) (16 January 1956 - ) is a New Zealand politician. ... Ruth Suzanne Dyson (born 11 August 1957) is a New Zealand politician. ... The Accident Compensation Corporation (Te Kaporeihana Āwhina Hunga Whara, ACC) is a New Zealand Crown Entity responsible for administering the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation Act ; which supports citizens, residents, and temporary visitors who have suffered accidental injuries. ... Chris Carter Christopher Joseph Carter is a New Zealand politician and a member of Cabinet. ... Richard John Barker (27 October 1951 - ) is a New Zealand politician. ... The Department of Internal Affairs (Māori - Te Tari Taiwhenua) is a state sector organisaton of New Zealand whose roles include, but are not limited to, the issue of passports; administration of civil unions, citizenship applications, and lottery grants; enforcement of censorship and gambling law; and registration of births, deaths... 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The Customs Service (In Māori, Te Mana Arai o Aotearoa) is a state sector organisation of New Zealand whose role is to provide border control and protect the community from potential risks arising from international trade and travel, as well as collecting duties and taxes on imports to the... Clayton James Cosgrove (31 October 1969 - ) is a New Zealand politician. ...

Incumbent Portfolios and responsibilities
Judith Tizard
  • Minister for Auckland Issues
  • Minister of Consumer Affairs
  • Minister Responsible for Archives NZ and the National Library
  • Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Associate Minister of Commerce
  • Associate Minister of Transport
Dover Samuels
  • Minister of State
  • Associate Minister for Economic Development
  • Associate Minister of Housing
  • Associate Minister for Industry and Regional Development
  • Associate Minister of Tourism
Harry Duynhoven
  • Minister for Transport Safety
  • Associate Minister of Energy
Mita Ririnui
  • Minister of State
  • Associate Minister of Corrections
  • Associate Minister of Forestry
  • Associate Minister of Health
  • Associate Minister in Charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations
Luamanuvao Winnie Laban
  • Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector
  • Associate Minister for Economic Development
  • Associate Minister of Pacific Island Affairs
  • Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment
Mahara Okeroa
  • Minister of State
  • Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Associate Minister of Conservation
  • Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment

Ministers outside Cabinet from other parties with confidence and supply agreements Judith Tizard (3 January 1956 - ) is a New Zealand politician. ... Dover Spencer Peneha Samuels (9 July 1939 - ) is a New Zealand politician. ... Harry James Duynhoven is a New Zealand politician. ... Mita Michael Ririnui is a New Zealand politician and a member of the Labour Party. ... Luamanuvao Winnie Laban (1955 - ) is a New Zealand politician. ... Mahara Okeroa is a New Zealand politician. ...

Incumbent Portfolios and responsibilities
Winston Peters
Peter Dunne
  • Minister of Revenue
  • Associate Minister of Health

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New Zealand Cabinet - definition of New Zealand Cabinet in Encyclopedia (680 words)
The New Zealand Cabinet is, in practice, the highest body of the New Zealand government's executive branch.
This convention is strong enough for Cabinet to be referenced by many official declarations and regulations, and there is a government department with explicit responsibility for supporting it (the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet), but these do not constitute a direct legislative framework for its existence.
A Cabinet Committee is a subset of the larger Cabinet, consisting of a number of ministers who have responsibility in related areas of policy.
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