The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (the Ministry) acts in the world to make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous, delivering New Zealand’s international development co-operation programme, and advancing the interests and reputation of New Zealand overseas. It does this in an external environment that is increasingly turbulent.
The Government has set objectives for the social system, with a focus on improving the wellbeing of New Zealanders and their families, building a productive, sustainable and inclusive economy, and addressing inequities. The Ministry of Social Development (the Ministry) plays a significant role on behalf of Government to deliver a wide range of services directly to over one million New Zealanders in support of these objectives.
The Government has an ambitious housing and urban development programme, with a range of objectives including ending homelessness, making room for growth in our urban centres, delivering more public and affordable housing, and helping to create thriving communities. The government has also committed to working with hapū, iwi and Māori groups to ensure that Māori have fair and equal access to housing and opportunities for home ownership.
The Government has set an ambitious goal of reducing the prison population by 30% in the next 15 years. To achieve this, justice sector organisations must work closely together, promoting a safe and just New Zealand, and improving social and justice outcomes. The Department of Corrections (the Department) plays a key functional role in the criminal justice system, as well as leading collaborative partnerships with the Ministry of Justice, the New Zealand Police and other government agencies, non-government organisations, iwi, and district health boards.
Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage (the Ministry), leads the Government’s work in the arts, heritage, broadcasting and sports sectors. The Ministry provides advice on legislation, policy, and sector development to Ministers, while leading collaboration and partnerships across New Zealand’s cultural environment. Its sectoral leadership includes the funding and monitoring of 15 entities, including NZ On Air, Creative NZ, the Film Commission, Te Papa, Heritage NZ, Sport NZ, NZ Symphony Orchestra and the Royal NZ Ballet.
New Zealand’s public health system needs to be accessible to all New Zealanders, provide high quality care and address inequities. The role of the Ministry of Health is to actively and effectively lead the health and disability system, collaborating with health sector leaders, iwi, communities, employers and other government agencies to support a high performing system.