Roles and responsibilities
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is the government’s lead business-facing agency. Our purpose is to grow the New Zealand economy to provide a better standard of living for all New Zealanders.
We deliver policy, advice, regulation and services that have a real impact on New Zealand businesses and the environment they operate in.
Our role is to:
- co-lead the Government’s Business Growth Agenda (BGA)
- partner with other agencies to support Canterbury's recovery
- co-lead the government’s Maori Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan, He Kai Kei Aku Ringa
- advise on business, enterprise, sector and regional development policy and programmes
- manage the public sector wide Procurement Functional Leadership Programme
- manage our natural resources through regulation and advice
- advise on housing affordability, the built environment, residential tenancy and weathertightness
- deliver immigration services and policy
- lead the Government’s health and safety reform programme
- advise on accident compensation policy
- regulate the supply and use of radio spectrum, electricity and gas
- oversee the roll-out of high-speed broadband nationwide
- provide and enforce consumer, commercial and occupational regulatory frameworks that support well-functioning markets
- invest in science and innovation and build the skills needed to support business growth
- provide company registration, intellectual property and insolvency services
- advise on and support employment relations and enforce minimum employment standards
- lead the Government Centre for Dispute Resolution
- lead the Government’s Better for business - Result 9 Programme
- improve Pacific people's involvement and contribution to the New Zealand economy through implementation of our Pacific Economic Strategy.
We are responsible for:
Disputes are damaging, expensive, and time consuming for individuals, communities, organisations, government, and the economy.
MBIE has extensive regulatory stewardship responsibilities, covering about 140 statutes. Based on these regulatory responsibilities, MBIE has identified 16 regulatory systems for which it has a stewardship role. A regulatory system comprises the rules (e.g. statutes and regulations), institutions, and practices which combine to achieve a given set of behaviours or outcomes.