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. 2020 Cannabis Referendum - Public Release Documents [PDF, 2.7 MB]

    This package contains documents relating to the public release of an interim version of the exposure draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill on the referendum.govt.nz website on 03 December 2019. It includes the Cabinet paper proposing public release of the interim exposure draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill and the Summary of current policy positions; the corresponding Cabinet minute; the Summary of current policy positions as of December 2019, and the interim version of the expo...

  2. Proactive release - Setting the strategic direction for New Zealand's Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Regime [PDF, 1.4 MB]

    The AML/CFT regime affects the lives of all New Zealanders. A robust AML/CFT regime is vital to ensure the integrity of our financial system; attract business to New Zealand; protect our people and communities; and prevent criminals from using the proceeds of their crimes to harm communities. The AML/CFT regime provides a level playing field for businesses and supports a robust taxation system that enables government to provide critical services, including health and education. A National AML/CF...