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Minister of Corrections (New Zealand)

The Minister of Corrections in New Zealand is the cabinet member appointed by the Prime Minister to be in charge of the Department of Corrections. The current Minister of Corrections is Kelvin Davis.[2]

Minister of Corrections
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Hon Kelvin Davis

since 26 October 2017
Department of Corrections
StyleThe Honourable
Member of
Reports toPrime Minister of New Zealand
AppointerGovernor-General of New Zealand
Term lengthAt Her Majesty's pleasure
First holderPaul East


The Minister of Corrections is responsible for determining policy and exercising statutory powers and functions related to the Corrections portfolio. The Minister is also responsible to Parliament for ensuring the Department of Corrections carries out its functions properly and efficiently. Legislation related to the Corrections portfolio includes the Corrections Act 2004 (and accompanying regulations in the Corrections Regulations 2005), the Criminal Justice Act 1985, the Parole Act 2002, and the Sentencing Act 2002.

The Minister of Corrections is also responsible for:

  • Giving general directions to the Chief Executive of the Department relating to the exercise of their powers and functions.
  • Any other powers and functions conferred under the Corrections Act 2004 or regulations made under it.
  • Setting pay rates for part-time probation officers.
  • Declaring land or buildings to be a prison or community work centre.
  • Requisitioning land and buildings in an emergency.
  • Approving pay rates for working prisoners.
  • Setting the cost of imprisonment so it can be deducted from the earnings of prisoners on "release to work".
  • Consenting to the Chief Executive contracting out escort and courtroom custodial services.

List of ministersEdit

Minister Dates
Kelvin Davis 2017-present
Louise Upston 2016–2017
Judith Collins 2015–2016
Sam Lotu-Iiga 2014–2015
Anne Tolley 2011–2014
Judith Collins 2008–2011
Phil Goff 2007–2008
Damien O'Connor 2005–2007
Paul Swain 2003–2005
Matt Robson 1999–2002
Clem Simich 1999
Nick Smith 1997–1999
Paul East 1996–1997


  1. ^ "Parliamentary Salaries and Allowances Determination 2016" (PDF). Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Ministerial List". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (New Zealand). Retrieved 13 November 2014.