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About the Department

About the Department

The Role of DPMC

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) serves the Executive (the Governor-General, the Prime Minister and the Cabinet) through the provision of high quality impartial advice and support services…

Cabinet & Executive

Cabinet & Executive

Ministerial List

List of Ministers and their responsibilities.

Cabinet Committees

Information about Cabinet Committees, their terms of reference and membership.

New Zealand Honours

New Zealand Honours

Honours Lists

New Zealand Royal Honours Lists.

A guide to honours

Overview of the New Zealand Royal Honours system.

Elections and government formation

Elections and government formation

General information about the constitutional constraints that limit what Ministers and departments can do before and after the election and a description of the process of forming and appointing a government following the election, and the resumption of government business. Find out more about elections and government formation.

Connect Smart

Connect Smart website

Connect Smart is a new Government-led initiative, delivered in partnership with the private and NGO sectors, to raise awareness of cyber security issues and promote ways to protect yourself, your business and others online. Go to to find out more.

On this website you’ll find information about the roles and responsibilities of DPMC’s seven business units (including the Corporate Services business unit) and the documentation the department produces to support the operation of central government. For information about the role of DPMC and its structure, see about the department.

DPMC is separate from the Prime Minister’s Office which provides personal support, media services, and advice which may be of a political nature.


See Current Opportunities for details of vacancies at DPMC.


  • New Ministerial List as at 30 August 2014 now published
  • New Cabinet Office circular published: CO (14) 5 Constitutional Procedures after the Election
  • Cabinet Office circular CO (05) 5 Legal Advice and legal professional privilege now cancelled


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