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Vote Internal Affairs

MINISTER(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR APPROPRIATIONS: Attorney-General (M5), Minister of Civil Defence (M11), Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector (M15), Minister for Ethnic Affairs (M30), Minister of Internal Affairs (M41), Minister Responsible for Ministerial Services (M47), Minister of Local Government (M49), Minister for Racing (M55)

ADMINISTERING DEPARTMENT: Department of Internal Affairs


Overview of the Vote

The Minister of Internal Affairs is the Minister responsible for the Department of Internal Affairs and coordinating Minister for the Vote Internal Affairs.

Departmental Appropriations

  • A total of $3.689 million for the administration of the processes supporting government grant funding schemes, from receiving applications to monitoring grant recipients.
  • A total of $219.046 million for the collection, management and provision of access to information relating to New Zealand's national and personal identity, including identity records and information, documentary heritage and other knowledge information, archival records, collections and other civic information.
  • A total of $13.634 million for the provision of information, training and advisory services to communities and community organisations, and to assist government agencies to understand, engage and interact with community groups.
  • A total of $904,000 for the provision of translation and other language services to government agencies and the public, and support services to government agencies.
  • A total of $7.879 million for ensuring the effective delivery and responsiveness of New Zealand's civil defence and emergency management services.
  • A total of $7.712 million for planning, establishing, operating and supporting service delivery and ICT services across the State sector, and provision of advice relating to government ICT.
  • A total of $2.785 million for administering local government legislation and supporting the effective operation of the local government system.
  • A total of $1.854 million for the effective delivery of services to enable Ministers to discharge their portfolio (other than policy decision-making) responsibilities.
  • A total of $13.598 million for the effective provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters.
  • A total of $30.354 million for the effective delivery of services to ensure compliance with regulated activities.
  • A total of $37.310 million for the provision of support services for government and the Executive.
  • A total of $19.043 million for the effective delivery of services and advice to statutory, advisory and other bodies to enable them to discharge their responsibilities.

Non-Departmental Appropriations

  • A total of $5.066 million funding for the Charities Commission to fulfil its functions outlined in the Charities Act 2005.
  • A total of $1.960 million for purchasing services from the Office of Film and Literature Classification for the examination and classification of films, videos and publications (including digital material).
  • A total of $116,000 for services provided by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner in the development of on-line authentication services.
  • A total of $2 million for payment to New Zealand authors in recognition that their books are available for use in New Zealand libraries.
  • A total of $60 million for assistance with rates for low-income residential ratepayers.
  • A total of $2.233 million contribution to the cost of the Chatham Island Council meeting its statutory responsibilities.
  • A total of $4.695 million for the Community Development Scheme to provide grants to community organisations for projects to achieve improved economic, social and cultural wellbeing in areas such as health, education and crime prevention.
  • A total of $331,000 for grants to community internship programmes to place experienced people from the public, private and community sectors in short-term internships to develop capacity in community and voluntary sector organisations.
  • A total of $12.500 million for locally distributed grants to community organisations for programmes that direct social services provision to disadvantaged community sectors.
  • A total of $1.393 million for maintaining Crown-owned assets at Lake Taupo.
  • A total of $193,000 for depreciation on official residences owned by the Crown.
  • A total of $3.881 million for the provision of funding to selected communities to improve their access to digital tools and improve the capability of those communities in the use of digital tools.
  • A total of $150,000 in Disarmament Education Grants to fund activities to support New Zealand non-government organisations in the disarmament education field.
  • A total of $1 million for emergency expense payments in line with the criteria as detailed in the National CDEM Plan.
  • A total of $8.700 million for the cost of salaries and allowances for the Executive Council and Members of the Executive, as authorised by section 2 of the Civil List Act 1979.
  • A total of $435,000 for annuities and payments in respect of other benefits and privileges to former Governors-General and their surviving spouses or partners.
  • A total of $160,000 for annuity payments to former Prime Ministers and their surviving spouses or partners.
  • A total of $270,000 for domestic travel by former Prime Ministers and their spouses or partners.
  • A total of $11.790 million for travel by Members of the Executive and approved accompanying parties.
  • A total of $49,000 for Crown grants to a range of community organisations.
  • A total of $600,000 for the costs of providing independent legal counsel to the families of the deceased Pike River miners, and financial assistance to the employees of, and contractors to, the Pike River Mine to obtain legal assistance in respect of the Royal Commission of Inquiry.
  • A total of $599,000 for fees for inquiries and investigations.
  • A total of $1 million contestable fund to match racing industry contributions towards enhancing workplace safety.
  • A total of $889,000 in subsidies to Local Government for emergency management preparation.
  • A total of $402,000 to promote the effective use, training and support of volunteers.
  • A total of $300,000 towards the Te Oneroa a Tohe beach management plan.
  • A total of $1.500 million to Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board to provide for continued public access to Lake Taupo.
  • A total of $200,000 in grants for informal training for both paid and voluntary youth workers.

Departmental Capital Expenditure

  • A total of $64.460 million for the purchase or development of assets by and for the use of the Department of Internal Affairs, as authorised by section 24(1) of the Public finance Act 1989.

Non-Department Capital Expenditure

  • A total of $342,000 for the upgrading of boating facilities at Lake Taupo, provision of safety lighting and adequate warning of navigational hazards.
  • A total of $1.546 million for the purchase of material for the Alexander Turnbull Library collections held and managed by the National Library.

Details of these appropriations are set out in Parts 2-6 for Vote Internal Affairs in the Information Supporting the Estimates of Appropriations.

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