The Ministry of Justice’s 2019/20 Annual Report has been tabled in Parliament.
The Annual Report provides an account of the Ministry’s performance over the financial year ending 30 June 2020, and highlights the achievements and progress made across priorities areas outlined in our refreshed Strategy and Statement of Intent 2019-24.
Chief Executive and Secretary of Justice Andrew Kibblewhite notes that the 2019/20 financial year has been dominated by events that placed extraordinary demands on the Ministry’s staff and services. “It’s been a challenging year and many of our achievements were realised against a backdrop of unprecedented events, both globally and here in Aotearoa,” he says.
The Ministry continued to support the Government, judiciary, sector partners and our people throughout the changing Alert Levels implemented as part of our response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. We supported the Electoral Commission to deliver two referendums and the 2020 General Election – one of the most complex elections New Zealand has experienced. Over the year the Ministry also launched a new payroll system Mahi, announced property investment initiatives including $100 million to build an innovative courthouse in Tauranga, and responded to the Christchurch Mosque attacks and the Whakaari / White Island volcanic eruption mass fatality.
“For all of us at the Ministry of Justice te Tāhū o te Ture, the ethos of mahitahi right across our organisation has shone through,” says Mr Kibblewhite. “I’m immensely proud of our collective efforts and all we’ve achieved this year.”
The 2019/20 Annual Report for the Office for Māori Crown Relations – Te Arawhiti, as a departmental agency hosted by the Ministry, is included in this year’s report. Te Arawhiti supported iwi and agencies to deliver commitments and resolve settlement-related issues, and played a vital role during COVID-19 supporting whānau, hapū and iwi.