Ministerial portfolios

MBIE has a diverse range of policy and service delivery responsibilities, with a significant influence on the economic success of Aotearoa New Zealand and the broader economic, social and environmental wellbeing of its people. We lead 13 portfolios across 3 Votes (seen below), we manage 18 regulatory systems and are responsible for over 115 acts.

Vote Business, Science and Innovation

Economic Development

The strategic investment of a range of resources to create a productive, resilient, and sustainable economy for all New Zealanders.

Regional Development

Working with industries, communities iwi and local government to manage and deliver investments tailored to build our regional economies.

Small Business

Providing essential support, advice, and resources to empower small businesses to succeed in local and global markets.

Commerce & Consumer Affairs

Enhancing the economy by protecting consumers and businesses through education and safe and competitive markets.

Digital Economy & Communications

High performing, resilient and secure information and communication networks that connect and enable New Zealanders and businesses.

Energy & Resource Markets

Meeting Aotearoa New Zealand’s energy needs in a way that supports our way of life, the economy and the environment.

Research, Science & Innovation

Using research to solve social, environmental and economic challenges, and translating this into new products, processes and services.


Resetting and rebuilding tourism through a sustainable and regenerative model that delivers benefits to communities and the environment.

Vote Labour Market


Delivering an immigration system that supports and balances wider social, economic, labour, diplomatic and security goals.


Lifting the wellbeing and capability of businesses and labour force with advice, training, and a robust regulatory environment (as part of the Social Development and Employment portfolio).

Workplace Relations & Safety

Protecting the health and wellbeing of employees through business support, resources and monitoring.


Advice on the direction and performance of the national scheme for injury prevention, rehabilitation and compensation.

Vote Building and Construction

Building & Construction

Well functioning housing and construction markets that support productivity, employment, health and social cohesion.

Other portfolios


Other portfolios we support include Māori Development, Emergency Management, Housing (Tenancy), Auckland, Sports and Recreation, and Public Service.