Cabinet of New Zealand

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The Cabinet of New Zealand (Te Rūnanga o te Kāwanatanga o Aotearoa) is the New Zealand Government's body of senior ministers, responsible to the New Zealand Parliament.wikipedia
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Prime Minister of New Zealand

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Cabinet meetings, chaired by the prime minister, occur once a week; in them, vital issues are discussed and government policy is formulated. The convention of members of the Executive Council meeting separately from the Governor began during Edward Stafford's first tenure as premier (1856–1861).
She or he is responsible for chairing meetings of Cabinet; allocating posts to ministers within the government; acting as the spokesperson for the government; and providing advice to the sovereign or the sovereign's representative, the governor-general.

Government of New Zealand

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The Cabinet of New Zealand (Te Rūnanga o te Kāwanatanga o Aotearoa) is the New Zealand Government's body of senior ministers, responsible to the New Zealand Parliament.
Several senior ministers (usually 20 ) constitute a collective decision-making body known as the Cabinet, which is led by the Prime Minister (currently Jacinda Ardern).

Politics of New Zealand

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Though not established by any statute, Cabinet has significant power in the New Zealand political system and nearly all bills proposed by Cabinet in Parliament are enacted.
Most ministers are members of the Cabinet, which is the main decision-making body of the New Zealand Government.

Executive Council of New Zealand

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All ministers in Cabinet also serve as members of the Executive Council, the body tasked with advising the governor-general in the exercise of his or her formal constitutional functions.
All Government ministers must be appointed as executive councillors before they are appointed as ministers; therefore all Cabinet ministers are also executive councillors.

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (New Zealand)

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This convention carries sufficient weight for many official declarations and regulations to refer to Cabinet, and a government department—the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet—is responsible for supporting it.
The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) (Te Tari o te Pirimia me te Rūnanga Kāwanatanga) is the central public service department of New Zealand charged with providing support and advice to the Governor-General, the Prime Minister and members of the Cabinet of New Zealand.

Minister of Finance (New Zealand)

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An example is former Prime Minister David Lange, who publicly spoke against a tax reform package which was sponsored by then-Finance Minister Roger Douglas and supported by Cabinet. The deputy prime minister and minister of finance are usually the highest-ranked ministers, after the prime minister.
The position is often considered to be the most important cabinet post after that of the Prime Minister.

Governor-General of New Zealand

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All ministers in Cabinet also serve as members of the Executive Council, the body tasked with advising the governor-general in the exercise of his or her formal constitutional functions.
Although the governor-general's powers are in theory extensive, they are in practice very limited; most political power is exercised by the New Zealand Parliament (which is composed of the Governor-General-in-Parliament and the House of Representatives), through the prime minister and Cabinet.

Cabinet Manual (New Zealand)

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Although Cabinet lacks any direct legislative framework for its existence, the Cabinet Manual has become the official document which governs its functions, and on which its convention rests.
Among its guidelines, the manual gives an overview of the roles of the governor-general, ministers, and the public service; expectations about the conduct of ministers and public servants; Cabinet procedures for decision-making; how a government is formed after an election; how legislation is developed by the Government and Parliament; and the protection and use of information held by the Government.

Edward Stafford (politician)

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The convention of members of the Executive Council meeting separately from the Governor began during Edward Stafford's first tenure as premier (1856–1861).
Also notable was the unofficial establishment of Cabinet, which met independently of the official Executive Council.

Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand

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The deputy prime minister and minister of finance are usually the highest-ranked ministers, after the prime minister.
The deputy prime minister has always been a member of the Cabinet, and has always held at least one substantive portfolio.

Minister of Foreign Affairs (New Zealand)

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Historically, the Minister of Foreign Affairs has been a member of Cabinet, with the exception of the Rt Hon.

Ministers of the New Zealand Government

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The Cabinet of New Zealand (Te Rūnanga o te Kāwanatanga o Aotearoa) is the New Zealand Government's body of senior ministers, responsible to the New Zealand Parliament.
Today, the Executive Council is not used for deliberation—rather, Cabinet is the forum for debate.

Government Communications Security Bureau

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Officially, the new organisation was part of the Ministry of Defence, and its functions and activities were highly secret – even Cabinet was not informed.

Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party

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Unique to Labour, the party's caucus possesses the right to elect MPs to Cabinet, rather than the Leader choosing them.

State Services Commission

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The Hunt Commission recommended the establishment of a Board of Management under Cabinet to have 'absolute and undisputed power' in 'all matters relating to the control and management of the Service – ... appointments, salaries, promotion, suspensions, dismissals, and indeed everything affecting officers – '.

Nanaia Mahuta

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She was previously a cabinet minister in the Fifth Labour Government of New Zealand, serving then as Minister of Customs, Minister of Local Government, Minister of Youth Development, Associate Minister for the Environment, and Associate Minister of Tourism.

Attorney-General (New Zealand)

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The Attorney-General attends Cabinet, but the post is not the same as the Minister of Justice.

Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations

The lead negotiating power within the Treaty negotiations is the Office of Treaty Settlements; however, this office reports to the Treaty Negotiations Minister, and makes its decisions based on the recommendations of the Cabinet.

Roger Douglas

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An example is former Prime Minister David Lange, who publicly spoke against a tax reform package which was sponsored by then-Finance Minister Roger Douglas and supported by Cabinet.
Prime Minister-elect John Key had previously said that he would not give Douglas a Cabinet position, but Douglas indicated a wish for a review of this stance.

New Zealand First

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The current Labour-led coalition government has a Cabinet of 20 ministers, four of whom are New Zealand First MPs.
Following the 2005 election, New Zealand First agreed to a supply-and-confidence agreement with the Labour Party (along with United Future) in return for policy concessions and the post of Foreign Minister (outside Cabinet) for Peters.

Sixth Labour Government of New Zealand

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The current Labour-led coalition government has a Cabinet of 20 ministers, four of whom are New Zealand First MPs.
On 20 October, Jacinda Ardern announced that the Cabinet would consist of 20 members, of which 16 would be from the Labour Party and 4 from New Zealand First.

New Zealand Parliament Buildings

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The Cabinet offices, including the room where Cabinet meets, are located on the top floor of the Beehive (the executive wing of the Parliament Buildings).
The top floor is occupied by the Cabinet room, with the Prime Minister's offices on the floor immediately below.

Beehive (New Zealand)

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The Cabinet offices, including the room where Cabinet meets, are located on the top floor of the Beehive (the executive wing of the Parliament Buildings).
The top floor is occupied by the Cabinet room, with the prime minister's offices directly beneath on the ninth floor (and part of the eighth).

Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage

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