On this page you’ll find documents that have been published under the Government’s policy requiring Ministers to proactively release Cabinet papers and related material.

The policy applies to papers lodged for consideration by Cabinet from 1 January 2019 onwards. Cabinet papers and minutes must be proactively published within 30 business days of final decisions being taken by Cabinet, unless there’s a good reason not to publish them (whether in part or in full), or to delay the release. The policy doesn’t apply to Cabinet papers concerning the appointment of individuals to statutory and other roles.

We publish the papers for the Ministers we support – the Minister of Justice, Minster for Courts, Associate Minister of Justice and Associate Minister for Courts, as well as some papers relating to the Attorney-General.

For more information on the policy see:

CO (18) 4 - Proactive Release of Cabinet Material: Updated Requirements

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  1. Te Ture Whenua Maori Amendment Bill

    The proposed changes to Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 recognise that the protection of Māori land remains a priority but that changes to the legislation will make it easier for Māori land owners to engage with their whenua.The main initiatives in the Bill are focused on improving the succession process and providing a new dispute resolution process. Additional changes will support the efficient operation of the Māori Land Court and enhance the opportunities for Māori to develop papakāinga on the...

  2. Contempt of Court Bill: Approval for Government Supplementary Order Paper [PDF, 1.2 MB]

    The Government Supplementary Order Paper implements Cabinet’s decision of December 2018 to retain an offence in the Contempt of Court Bill which is committed when:(a) a person makes a false statement about a judge or court;(b) when they know or ought reasonably to have known that the statement could undermine public confidence in the independence, integrity, impartiality or authority of the judiciary or a court; (c)  there is a real risk the statement could undermine public confidence in the ind...

  3. Proactive release - Electoral Amendment Bill and Referendums Framework Bill [PDF, 2.1 MB]

    Cabinet Papers and Cabinet minutes relating to the Electoral Amendment Bill and Referendums Framework Bill 2019.The Electoral Amendment Bill seeks to put several initiatives in place, including enabling electors to enrol on election day, enabling supermarkets and other high-pedestrian areas to be used as voting places, and improving the vote issuing and return processes for overseas electors. It also proposes provisions to manage disruptions to polling day.The Referendums Framework Bill provides...

  4. Proactive release - Family violence information sharing guidance [PDF, 1 MB]

    This paper sought Cabinet's approval of the information sharing guidance, Sharing information safely: Guidance on sharing personal information under the Family Violence Act 2018, for publication and public release. It also sought authorisation for the Minister of Justice, or his delegation, to make minor or technical changes to the guidance that are consistent with the proposals in the paper, and agreement that the Minister be able to make other substantive changes in consultation with relevant ...

  5. Proactive release – Family Court (Family Violence and Other Matters) Amendment Rules 2019 and other legislative instruments [PDF, 782 KB]

    This paper seeks Cabinet's agreement to authorise the submission to the Executive Council of the Criminal Procedure (Transfer of Information) Amendment Regulations 2019; Evidence (Family Violence) Amendment Regulations 2019; Family Court (Family Violence and Other Matters) Amendment Rules 2019; Family Proceedings (Family Violence) Amendment Rules 2019; Family Violence Regulations 2019; Oranga Tamariki (National Care Standards and Related Matters) (Family Violence) Amendment Regulations 2019; Sen...

  6. Cabinet paper relating to Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators (Minimum Training) Amendment Regulations and other legislative instruments [PDF, 1.2 MB]

    This paper seeks Cabinet’s agreement to authorise the submission to the Executive Council of the Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators (Minimum Training) Amendment Regulations 2019; Tribunals Powers and Procedures Legislation Act Commencement Order 2019; Courts Matters Act 2018 (Amendments to Courts Security Act 1999) Commencement Order 2019; and the Courts Security Regulations 2019.