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.