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About the Department

About the Department

The Role of DPMC

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) serves the Executive (the Governor-General, the Prime Minister and the Cabinet) through the provision of high quality impartial advice and support services…

Cabinet & Executive

Cabinet & Executive

Ministerial List

List of Ministers and their responsibilities as at 14 December 2015.

Cabinet Committees

Information about Cabinet Committees, their terms of reference and membership.

New Zealand Honours

New Zealand Honours

Honours Lists

New Zealand Royal Honours Lists.

A Guide to Honours

Overview of the New Zealand Royal Honours system.

Connect Smart

Connect Smart website

Connect Smart is a new Government-led initiative, delivered in partnership with the private and NGO sectors, to raise awareness of cyber security issues and promote ways to protect yourself, your business and others online. Go to to find out more.

Policy Project

Policy Project

The Policy Project aims to improve the performance of the policy function and quality of policy advice across government. The Policy Project is led by DPMC in collaboration with public service policy leaders. Go to Policy Project to find out more.

Greater Christchurch Group

Greater Christchurch Group

The Greater Christchurch Group was formed on 1 March 2016 to continue the regeneration of greater Christchurch and the transition of leadership of greater Christchurch regeneration from central Government to local institutions. Go to Greater Christchurch Group to find out more.

On this website you’ll find information about the roles and responsibilities of DPMC’s seven business units (including the Corporate Services business unit) and the documentation the department produces to support the operation of central government. For information about the role of DPMC and its structure, see about the department.

DPMC is separate from the Prime Minister’s Office which provides personal support, media services, and advice which may be of a political nature.


See Current Opportunities* for details of vacancies at DPMC.
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  • National Security System in 2016: Speech by Howard Broad
  • Mastering the art of free and frank advice, August 2016
  • Prime Minister launches Policy Project Frameworks


  • Published August 2016 following the disestablishment of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA)

  • The September edition of the Future Christchurch Update shines a spotlight on Christchurch City Council’s Heritage Programme.

  • The Ministerial Committee on Poverty arose out of the Relationship Accord and Confidence and Supply Agreement between the National Party and the Māori Party.

  • The August edition of the Future Christchurch Update features the Draft Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan which people can have a say on until 1 September 2016.

  • Send us your views on the Draft Recovery Plan by 5pm, Thursday 1 September 2016.

  • Disclosure of the Chief Executive of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's expenses including gifts, hospitality and travel.

  • The July edition of the Future Christchurch Update features stories on the reopening of Rutherford’s Den in the Arts Centre, the new head of Regenerate Christchurch, progress on both the Retail Precinct and Justice and Emergency Services Precinct and much more.

  • The department’s Four Year Plan responds to our future challenges and guides us towards delivering on our increasing commitments to Government, while maintaining our business as usual at the high standard expected of us.

  • This page contains the Cabinet papers and links to information on other websites relating to the process to consider changing the New Zealand Flag.

  • The June edition of the Future Christchurch Update features stories on the opening of the Aranui Wainoni Community Centre, the new head of Development Christchurch, nearing the end of Housing New Zealand’s earthquake repair and rebuild programme, the Manchester Street transport project and much more. 

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