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New Zealand's Department of Internal Affairs issues passports; administers civil unions; registers births, deaths, marriages and name changes; administers citizenship applications; ensures gambling is fair, legal and honest; enforces censorship law and anti-spam law and promotes internet safety; supervises anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism; contributes to community development by administering Lottery Grants, Community Grants Schemes, Grants Online and Trusts; provides support services and policy advice for Ministers of the Crown; and provides information technology services to government.

The Department leads the government's relationship with Local Government. Present activities include implementation of dog control legislation and a dog safety campaign, implementation of the Local Government Act 2002, providing information on local councils, and working with local and central government to support community outcomes.

We are home to the Office of Ethnic Affairs, Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management, and the Local Government Commission.

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The Department of Internal Affairs serves and connects citizens, communities and government to build a strong, safe nation. We support executive and local government. We are committed to meeting our obligations under the treaty of Waitangi.  We value and respect our diverse cultures. We are committed to meeting our obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi. We value and respect our diverse cultures.

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