Purpose and Values
Community Development Group - Te Ropu Whakatinana Papa Kainga
Effectiveness for Maori - Te Papa Rautaki Maori
Executive Government Support - Te Pouroto Kawanatanga
Gaming and Censorship Regulation Group - Te Ropu Takiari, Whakamatau
Identity Services Group - Te Ratonga Tuakiri
Policy Group - Nga Kaiwhiri Kaupapa Here
The Department of Internal Affairs is home to a range of services supporting government, communities and citizenship.
The Department provides policy advice to its Ministers in the areas of local government, gaming, racing, fire, citizenship, identity and censorship. The Policy Group also advises a number of other Ministers, including the Minister responsible for the Community and Voluntary Sector, and Associate Ministers as the need arises. The group also monitors the performance of a range of Crown entities and has developed and implemented a Crown entity governance framework.
The Identity Services Group is the primary source of information on personal identity and key life events. It registers birth, death and marriage details, issues passports and manages citizenship applications.
The Executive Government Support Group provides Ministers with a range of services that assist in the smooth operation of New Zealand's executive government, facilitates visits by guests of government, provides a translation service that is available to Ministers and the general public, publishes the New Zealand Gazette and administers commissions of inquiry as and when required.
The Community Development Group, promotes the building of strong communities by providing advisory services, information, Lottery Grants, community organisation grant schemes (COGS) and other grants, which develop community capacity to address local issues. It supports the local government system through administration of aspects of the statutory framework and provision of information and administers CommunityNet Aotearoa which aims to improve on-line access to government by community groups and citizens.
The Gaming and Censorship Regulation Group ensures that gaming is fair, honest and lawful, and upholds community standards of censorship. It licenses gaming activities, inspects and monitors casino and non-casino gaming, and regulates the possession and supply of objectionable material and the public display of publications.
The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management provides policy advice to the Government on emergency management and civil defence. It provides leadership through the development of an integrated risk-based approach to emergency management in New Zealand, including Emergency Management Groups at local authority level.
The Office of Ethnic Affairs gives ethnic people a point of contact with the New Zealand Government, and advice and information on matters affecting their communities.
The Department of Internal Affairs Corporate Services provides a range of services and support to the business groups enabling them to excel in their areas of expertise. This includes finance, human resources, communications, information technology, facilities and management support, audit, research, legal and Effectiveness for Maori.
The Department is committed to providing high quality policy advice and services in support of the Government's key goals for the public sector, including strengthening national identity and upholding the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, growing an inclusive, innovative economy for the benefit of all, restoring trust in government, providing strong social services, and protecting and enhancing the environment.
Operationally, we are committed to providing high quality, cost effective services to citizens, including innovative means of improving access through electronic government while maintaining face to face services.