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The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

Te Tari Taiwhenua

Building a safe, prosperous and respected nation


Our Ministers

Direct reports

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

Hon Chris Tremain

  • Minister of Internal Affairs*
  • Minister of Civil Defence

*The Internal Affairs portfolio includes responsibility for Archives New Zealand and the New Zealand National

Rt Hon John Key

  • Minister Responsible for Ministerial Services

Hon Judith Collins

  • Minister for Ethnic Affairs

Hon David Carter

  • Minister of Local Government

Hon Nathan Guy

  • Minister for Racing

Hon Jo Goodhew

  • Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector

Responsibilities to other Ministers

The Department is responsible to the Minister of Finance, Hon Bill English 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 Foreign Affairs, Hon Murray McCully for the Peace and Disarmament Education Trust and the Pacific Development and Conservation Trust.

Briefings for Incoming Ministers

View Briefings for the 2011 incoming Government.

Further information

View further information on the New Zealand Cabinet, including Ministerial speeches, media releases and policies (