New Zealand's Department of Internal Affairs issues passports; administers civil unions; registers births, deaths and marriages; administers citizenship applications; ensures gambling is fair,
legal and honest; enforces censorship law and promotes internet safety; contributes to community development
by administering Lottery Grants, Community Grants Schemes, Grants Online and Trusts; and provides support services and policy advice for Ministers of the Crown. We are home to the Office of Ethnic Affairs, Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management,and the Local Government Commission. The Department's present activities include implementation of dog control legislation and a dog safety campaign, implementation of the Local Government Act 2002 and providing information on local councils.