Ministry of Economic Development, Head Office   (AATJ) Manatu Ohanga
1988 - 2012


The Ministry of Commerce was the successor to the domestic commerce function of the former Department of Trade and Industry. The purpose of the new Ministry was to help New Zealanders prosper. The Ministry's functions related to virtually all aspects of the economy and ranged from general micro-economic issues common to all markets through to sector specific issues in energy, information technology, manufacturing, and the administration of programmes and regulatory functions. In February 2000, the Ministry of Commerce's responsibilities and functions were expanded and transferred to the new Ministry of Economic Development. The Ministry of Economic Development was part of the Government's Regional and Economic Development Programme. Central to the new Ministry was the creation of Industry New Zealand, a Crown Entity that would implement industry and regional development policy. In July 2012 the Ministry of Economic Development was merged into the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.



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Ministry of Commerce, Head Office

Location : Wellington


  • Accident Rehabilitation and Compensation Insurance Amendment Act 1998
  • Atomic Energy Act 1945
  • Auctioneers Act 1928
  • Broadcasting Act 1989
  • Building Societies Act 1965
  • Business Development Boards Act 1991
  • Carriage of Goods Act 1979
  • Chateau Companies Act 1977
  • Chattels Transfer Act 1924
  • Civil Aviation Act 1990
  • Clerks of Works Act Repeal Act 1992
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Archives NZ description type : Agency (see more about description types)
Version Number: 8
Date Approved: 18/08/2015