4 Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—

appointing Minister means 1 or more Ministers of the Crown who establish a government inquiry under section 6(3)

appropriate Minister means the Minister of the Crown who, under the authority of any warrant or with the authority of the Prime Minister, is responsible for the relevant department

core participant has the meaning it is given in section 17

document has the same meaning that it is given in section 4(1) of the Evidence Act 2006

establishment instrument means—


an Order in Council made under section 6(2); or


a Gazette notice issued under section 6(3)

expert opinion means the opinion of an expert based on the specialised knowledge or skill of that expert

government inquiry means an inquiry established under section 6(3)

information, in relation to the power of an inquiry to obtain or disclose information, includes matters of expert opinion as well as of fact

inquiry means both a public inquiry and a government inquiry, as provided for by section 6

member means a member of an inquiry established under section 6

officer of an inquiry means a person who is engaged to work for an inquiry

public inquiry


means an inquiry established under section 6(2); and


includes a Royal commission

relevant department means—


the Department of Internal Affairs; or


another department of State, if the other department is appointed, under the terms of reference for the inquiry, to be responsible for administrative matters relating to the inquiry.