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The Department of Internal Affairs reports to seven Ministerial portfolios or responsibility areas, seven separate Ministers and six Votes. Click on each name to view specific biographical information.

Hon Rick Barker
Minister of Internal Affairs
Minister of Civil Defence

Rt Hon Helen Clark
Minister Responsible for Ministerial Services

Hon Mark Burton
Minister of Local Government

Hon Chris Carter
Minister for Ethnic Affairs

Hon Nanaia Mahuta
Associate Minister of Local Government

Hon Luamanuvao Winnie Laban
Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector

Rt Hon Winston Peters
Minister for Racing


Responsibilities to other Ministers
The Department is responsible to the Minister of Finance, Hon Dr Michael Cullen in respect of community trusts (12 regional trusts that distribute resources to local communities from the proceeds of the sale of Trustee Banks) and to the Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control, Hon Phil Goff for the Peace and Disarmament Education Trust and the Pacific Development and Conservation Trust.

Further Information
View further information on the New Zealand Cabinet, including Ministerial speeches, press releases and policies (www.beehive.govt.nz).

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Last updated: 25/01/2006