The Department of Internal Affairs

Te Tari Taiwhenua | Department of Internal Affairs

Building a safe, prosperous and respected nation


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Below is an index of links to information we provide in the following areas:

Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism

The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (AML/CFT Act) places obligations on New Zealand’s financial institutions, casinos, virtual assets service providers, accountants, lawyers, conveyancers and high value dealers to detect and deter money laundering and terrorism financing.

The Act ensures that businesses take appropriate measures to guard against money laundering and terrorism financing. This enhances the reputation of individual businesses, and of New Zealand as a safe place in which to do business.

The Act came into full force on 30 June 2013.

The Department of Internal Affairs supervises casinos, non-deposit taking lenders, money changers, money remitters, payroll remitters, debt collectors, factors, financial leasors, safe deposit box vaults, non-bank credit card providers, stored value card providers and cash transporters, virtual asset service providers, accountants, lawyers, conveyancers, real estate agents, high value dealers, and any other reporting entities not supervised by the Reserve Bank or the Financial Markets Authority.

Information we provide


The Department's
Electronic Messaging Team enforces the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007 by investigating complaints about spam; acting against ‘spammers’ who are deliberately flouting the law; undertaking research into technologies used to send spam; advising Government and organisations on spam matters; and liaising with relevant overseas bodies to ensure New Zealand complies with international agreements concerning spam.

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Prevention of Online Harms

Classification in New Zealand is intended to protect people from material that is injurious to the public good. New Zealand's censorship regime is governed by the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993.

If you are concerned that something you have seen may be objectionable or should be classified, then you should contact: Information we provide Related information

Community Development

The Community Operations group in the
Service Delivery and Operations Branch works toward the government and departmental goal of building 'strong sustainable communities, hapu and iwi'.

See also: Research and Reports


The Department of Internal Affairs'
casino and non-casino gaming services help keep gambling in New Zealand fair and honest.

The Gambling Group audits and investigates non-casino gaming activities, licenses all non-casino gaming and issues certificates of approval for casino employees.

Information we provide See also: Research and Reports

Identity information

Indentity services information

Other Publications

Official Information Act Responses
Proactive Releases
Regulatory Impact Statements

See also: Research and Reports
View our: Publications Index