Cabinet papers and related material

On this page you’ll find documents that have been published under the Government’s policy requiring Ministers to proactively release Cabinet papers and related material.

For more information on the policy see:

CO (18) 4 - Proactive Release of Cabinet Material: Updated Requirements


Publication date Cabinet Paper
28 October 2022

Pepper Spray: Corrections Amendment Regulations 2022 Amendment Regulations
2022 PDF, 79.3 KB

Cabinet Date: 17 March 2022
Cabinet Committee: Cabinet Legislation Committee
Cabinet minute: LEG-22-MIN-0029 PDF, 105.5 KB

11 October 2022

Setting a direction for the future development of New Zealand’s prison network PDF, 649.8 KB

Cabinet Date: 12 December 2018
Cabinet Committee: Cabinet Social Wellbeing Committee
Cabinet minute:  SWC-18-MIN-0179 PDF, 118.7 KB

22 August 2022

Public consultation on options to achieve improved rehabilitation, reintegration, and safety outcomes in the corrections system PDF, 348.3 KB

Cabinet Date: 3 August 2022
Cabinet Committee: Cabinet Social Wellbeing Committee
Cabinet minute:  SWC-22-MIN-0137 Minute PDF, 142.9 KB

1 June 2022

Cabinet Date: 16 August 2021
Cabinet Committee: Cabinet Government Administration and Expenditure Review Committee
Cabinet minute:  CAB-21-MIN-0317 PDF, 107.3 KB

11 March 2022

Māori Pathways for Māori in the corrections system and their whānau: report-back PDF, 943.2 KB

Cabinet Date: 14 December 2021
Cabinet Committee: Cabinet Social Wellbeing Committee
Cabinet minute:  MCR-21-MIN-0021 PDF, 103.3 KB

25 February 2022

Pepper Spray and Mail Copying Corrections Amendments Regulations 2022 PDF, 60.1 KB

Cabinet Date: 21 February 2022
Cabinet Committee: Cabinet Legislation Committee
Cabinet minute: CAB-22-MIN-0042 PDF, 104.6 KB

Supporting information:

This Cabinet paper outlines changes that have been made to the regulatory framework supporting the use of pepper spray. The objective of these changes is to clarify and strengthen the regulatory guidance, providing more specific provisions for how pepper spray can be used by the Department of Corrections in prisons to ensure it is safe and lawful.

The first change amends the Regulations to explicitly define what delivery mechanisms can be used to deploy pepper spray. This means that any new mechanisms that Corrections seeks to use in the future need to be approved by Cabinet. Corrections believes this provides more transparency to the way pepper spray is used in our prisons, and provides more assurance as to the safety of these delivery mechanisms because of the new requirement for Cabinet approval.

The second change clarifies that the prison director is responsible for decisions around issuing pepper spray in planned incidents. The third change reiterates that non-lethal weapons must only be used when reasonably necessary, in accordance with the general guidance on force in the Corrections Act 2004.

The Cabinet paper also outlines changes to enable the copying of prison mail. These changes will allow prisoner mail to be copied for various purposes, including reducing the administrative burden that sometimes requires that original mail be couriered between sites. Corrections believes that this change will provide for more efficient processing of mail, especially when dealing with illicit or harmful material, and in turn, ensures that our sites remain secure, and that people in prison continue to have ongoing access to a mail system that supports connection with friends, whānau, and the wider community.

7 December 2021

Proposed amendments to the Corrections Regulations 2005 regarding the use of pepper spray in custodial settings PDF, 297.8 KB

Cabinet Date: 20 October 2021
Cabinet Committee: Cabinet Social Wellbeing Committee
Cabinet minute:  SWC-21-MIN-0155 PDF, 107.5 KB

27 July 2021

Ex gratia payments to prisoners and staff who lost personal property as a result of the Waikeria riot PDF, 202.2 KB

Cabinet Date: 12 May 2021
Cabinet Committee: Cabinet Social Wellbeing Committee
Cabinet minute: SWC-21-MIN-0064 PDF, 124.9 KB

Supporting information:

Proactive OIA release: Briefing to the Minister PDF, 1.1 MB accompanying the cabinet paper seeking approval to provide ex-gratia payments to staff and prisoners who lost property during the riot at Waikeria Prison.

Proactive OIA release: Briefing to the Minister seeking agreement to draft a cabinet paper PDF, 507.3 KB for approval of ex-gratia payments to staff and prisoners who lost property during the riot at Waikeria Prison.

28 January 2020

The next step towards a new future for Ara Poutama Aotearoa PDF, 415.4 KB

Cabinet Date: 25 November 2019
Cabinet Committee: Cabinet Business Committee
Cabinet minute: CBC-19-MIN-0045 PDF, 118.1 KB

28 November 2019

Proposal to amend the Corrections Regulations PDF, 253.6 KB

Cabinet Date: 11 September 2019
Cabinet Committee: Cabinet Social Wellbeing Committee
Cabinet minute: SWC-19MIN-0118 PDF, 117.9 KB

28 November 2019

Corrections Amendment Regulations 2019: Approval for Gazetting PDF, 232.8 KB

Cabinet Date: 22 October 2019
Cabinet Committee: Cabinet Legislation Committee
Cabinet minute: LEG-19-MIN-0159 PDF, 116.7 KB

22 October 2019

Considering changes to the Corrections system following the attack on Christchurch Mosques PDF, 668.1 KB

Cabinet Date: 2 September 2019
Cabinet Committee: Cabinet Social Wellbeing Committee
Cabinet minute: CBC-19-MIN-0443 PDF, 135.0 KB

22 October 2019

Corrections Amendment Bill: Additional Policy Decisions for Inclusion in a Supplementary Order Paper PDF, 828.2 KB

Cabinet Date: 21 August 2019
Cabinet Committee: Cabinet Social Wellbeing Committee
Cabinet minute: SWC-19-MIN-0105 PDF, 123.1 KB

22 October 2019

Corrections Amendment Bill: Supplementary Order Paper - Approval for Introduction PDF, 753.2 KB

Cabinet Date: 15 October 2019
Cabinet Committee: Cabinet Legislation Committee
Cabinet minute: LEG-19-MIN-0152 PDF, 117.3 KB

17 July 2018

Making the prison network more safe, humane and effective – Paper One: Avoiding sever prison capacity shortages PDF, 1.4 MB

Cabinet Date: 20 December 2017
Cabinet Committee: Cabinet Business Committee
Cabinet minute: CBC-17-MIN-0079 PDF, 137.4 KB

17 July 2018

Making the prison network more safe, humane and effective – Paper Two: Waikeria Corrections and Treatment Facility PDF, 848.8 KB

Cabinet Date: 20 December 2017
Cabinet Committee: Cabinet Business Committee
Cabinet minute: CBC-17-MIN-0080 PDF, 129.5 KB

17 July 2018

Paper C: Responding to critical prison capacity pressures between now and 2021 PDF, 1.5 MB

Cabinet Date: 4 April 2018
Cabinet Committee: Cabinet Social Wellbeing Committee
Cabinet minute: SWC-18-MIN-0033 PDF, 131.8 KB

17 July 2018

Paper D: Investment in new capacity to support a more effective criminal justice system and a safer New Zealand PDF, 2.6 MB

Cabinet Date: 4 April 2018
Cabinet Committee: Cabinet Social Wellbeing Committee
Cabinet minute: SWC-18-MIN-0033 PDF, 131.8 KB

17 July 2018

Accommodation options to support a more effective justice system and a safer New Zealand PDF, 3.4 MB

Cabinet Date: 
Cabinet Committee: Cabinet Business Committee