The Government has now set up 118 inquiries or reviews. Many are routine studies that any Government would have launched — but some like Tax Working Group, the Health Review or the Welfare Review have the potential to make substantial changes to the way New Zealand works. It is the number and scope of the reviews that make them so extraordinary.

The full list (provided by the Opposition research unit):

Investigation in Waikato DHB CEO Nigel MurrayState Services
Govt reviews six contracts for new charter schoolsEducation
Govt review to look at how to control prison populationCorrections
Youth Advisory GroupEducation
Review of Christchurch Regeneration Anchor projectsGreater Christchurch Regeneration
Tax Working GroupFinance
Housing Stocktake ReportHousing and Urban Development
Ministerial Advisory Group established for HealthHealth
Investigation into NZDF water contaminationEnvironment
Irrigation funding reviewAgriculture
KiwiFund BillFinance
Inquiry into fuel pipe outageEnergy and Resources
NCEA ReviewEducation
Digital Economy and Inclusion GroupBroadcasting, Communications and Digital Media
Independent Climate CommissionClimate Change
Kauri dieback programme reviewBiosecurity
Independent Expert Advisory Panel Review of the Reserve BankFinance
Chief Technology OfficerBroadcasting, Communications and Digital Media
Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act reviewCommerce
Local Government funding inquiryLocal Government
Primary Growth Partnership reviewAgriculture
Waste Minimisation Act reviewEnvironment (Associate)
Mental Health inquiryInternal Affairs
Joint Working Group on Pay Equity Principles ReconvenedWorkplace Relations
Film Industry Working GroupWorkplace Relations
Pike River Recovery AgencyPike River
Institute of Small BusinessSmall Business
Royal Commission of Inquiry into historical abuse in state careInternal Affairs
NZ foreign aid spending reviewForeign Affairs
Auckland Housing Working GroupHousing and Urban Development
National Bowel Screening ProgrammeHealth
Dairy Industry Restructuring Act reviewAgriculture
Abortion law reformJustice
Whistleblowing law reviewState Services
Human Rights Commission culture reviewJustice
Review of Tomorrow’s SchoolsEducation
World Digital Rights Working GroupGovernment Digital Services
Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy working groupRegional Economic Development
Public Media Advisory GroupBroadcasting, Communications and Digital Media
Public Media Funding CommissionBroadcasting, Communications and Digital Media
EQC Independent Ministerial AdvisorEQC
Investigation into boosting trans-Tasman business and exportsForeign Affairs
Review into how Australia and New Zealand can work together digitallyForeign Affairs
Bid to host International Working Group on Women in SportSport and Recreation
Charities Act reviewCommunity and Voluntary Sector
Insurance law reviewCommerce
Freedom Camping Working GroupTourism
Provincial Growth Fund PanelRegional Economic Development
Tobacco tax reviewHealth
Broader Digital Economy and Inclusion GroupBroadcasting, Communications and Digital Media
Legal Aid reviewJustice
Future Technology Leadership GroupTransport
Crown/Māori Relations huiCrown Maori Relations
Residential Tenancies Act reviewHousing and Urban Development
Dolphin Threat Management Plan reviewConservation
EQC inquiryEQC
Defence Capability Plan reviewDefence
NZ Business Performance PanelSmall Business
Monetary Policy Decisions CommitteeFinance
Criminal Cases Review CommissionJustice
Local Government Road Safety SummitTransport (Associate)
Vehicle recall monitoring groupCommerce
Early Learning Strategic Plan Ministerial Advisory GroupEducation
Early Learning Strategic Plan Reference GroupEducation
Future of Work Ministerial GroupWorkplace Relations
Whānau Ora Review PanelWhanau Ora
Family justice systems reform independent panelJustice
Inquiry into Operation BurnhamInternal Affairs
NZ Racing reviewRacing
Refresh of the Cyber Security Strategy and Action PlanBroadcasting, Communications and Digital Media
Progressive and inclusive Trade for All AgendaTrade and Export Growth
Independent panel on nurses payWorkplace Relations
IGIS Reference GroupSecurity and Intelligence
Interim Climate Change CommitteeClimate Change
Power price reviewEnergy and Resources
Criminal Justice SummitJustice
Internal review into Renew Energy waste-to-energy schemeRegional Economic Development
Review of the Funded Family Care policyHealth
New infrastructure agencyInfrastructure
Review of culture at MSDSocial Development
Primary Sector CouncilAgriculture
Review of Malborough schools co-locationEducation
Review of entrepreneur work visasImmigration
Water reviewInternal Affairs
AI action planGovernment Digital Services
Three-way forum on Future of WorkFinance
Wider review of the RMAEnvironment
Education Summit Advisory GroupEducation
Education sector group taskforceEducation
Consulting on Govt approach to social investmentSocial Development
Stocktake of ethnic diversity on public sector boardsEthnic Affairs
MPI “reorganisation”Agriculture
Review into ITP sectorTertiary Education
Review of Working for FamiliesSocial Development
Investigation into Filipino buildersWorkplace Relations
Forestry advisory groupForestry
Animal welfare huiAgriculture (Associate)
Fair-pay working groupWorkplace Relations
Review of TIF criteriaTourism
Paid Parental Leave reviewWorkplace Relations
Study to measure in-work povertySocial Development
Home-based ECE reviewEducation
RMA oversight unitEnvironment
Independent Insurance TribunalEQC
Child Poverty UnitChildren
Child Wellbeing UnitChildren
Family justice system reforms expert reference groupJustice
Independent Fiscal InstitutionFinance
New central agent to lead national family and sexual violence strategyJustice
High country advisory groupConservation
Review of the Government’s use of algorithmsStatistics / Government Digital Services
Funding review of risk-indexEducation
Just Transitions SummitEnergy and Resources
Just Transitions UnitEnergy and Resources
Secret ACC reviewACC
Holidays Act task forceWorkplace Relations
Welfare Expert Advisory GroupSocial Development
Review of the health systemHealth