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Published: Thu 30 May 2019 11:18 AM
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Gordon Campbell: On The Morning After Feeling From The Wellbeing Budget
Allegedly, there are 628 different synonyms for “well-being” 654 Well-being Synonyms - Other Words for Well-being so there should be one that fits your own response to the Wellbeing Budget.
IMO, “in the pink” is the closest fit. Meaning: not socialist red, but a lighter shade of pink that’s been spread thinly across a slew of social and infrastructural spending initiatives that – with a couple of exceptions – are disappointing in their scale and scope.
It isn’t transformational. From mental health to the rail network to improving the state of the waterways, much of the spend will merely be playing catch up for the previous decade of neglect. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Fallacy Of Political Moderation
This ‘myth of the political centre’ is a shared belief among politicians and journalists alike. (It dovetails nicely with journalism’s ‘myth of objectivity’, which promotes a similarly ideal fiction of even-handed moderation in all things.) More>>
BusinessDesk: Economists Largely Positive But Sceptical About Parts
Economists were largely upbeat about the government's 2019 budget but say Treasury's forecasts may be too optimistic.
The Treasury lowered its growth forecasts but still sees gross domestic product growth of 3 percent in the 12 months to June 2020 and 2.8 percent the following year.
Ramped up government spending also saw it narrow the predicted surplus over the next few years, essentially narrowing the operating balance excluding gains and losses by $9.2 billion between now and June 2023. More>>
MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares fall as fears on global growthNZ dollar firms after government's "wellbeing" budgetBudget 2019: Economic growth boosted before fading$3B Provincial Growth Fund two-thirds committedBudget 2019: Capital demands see increased bond programmeGovt sets aside funds for new cyber security strategyGovt cuts urban infrastructure fund in halfRail projects score $1.6B of new capitalGovt raids Super Fund to boost venture capital fundingNZ surpluses narrow as spending ramps upGovt optimistic it will meet initial child poverty targetsNew schools spearhead $41.1 billion capital programmeOverseer to get revamp, farmers to benefit from budget
Newshub Nation interviews:Simon Shepherd interviews Finance Minister Grant RobertsonSimon Shepherd interviews Health Minister David ClarkSimon Shepherd interviews mental health experts
The Conversation: Support For A Lower-Emission Economy
Robert McLachlan: A decade ago, one of New Zealand’s leading scientists, the late Sir Paul Callaghan, put forth his vision for the country in his book Wool to Weta. He envisaged New Zealand emphasising green high-technology industries and reducing dependence on agriculture... More>>
Murray Graham Patterson - The search for an alternative to GDP to measure progressKate C. Prickett - Children had no say in NZ’s budget, and that mattersDavid Hall - NZ has dethroned GDP as a measure of success - But is it transformational?Troy Baisden - How NZ’s well-being budget delivers for the environment
The Spinoff - Wellbeing Budget 2019: The great Spinoff hot-take roundtable

Lyndon Hood: Better Analogies For National Pilfering Budget Data
After the Treasury Secretary's tragically doomed effort provide a metaphorical image for the budget data breach, and the rash of media attempts that followed, we never got an analogy that really covers all the bases. Until now. More>>
14 August: Publication Of Background Documents For Budget 2019
Background documents for Budget 2019 are now available from on the Treasury website... More>>
"Clumsy Response To A Serious Issue": Treasury Head Was "Unreasonable" On Budget Breach
Outgoing Treasury secretary Gabriel Makhlouf was "clumsy", unreasonable and fell "well short" of expectations in his handling of the Budget data breach, a government report has found. More>>
BusinessDesk - Makhlouf failed to take responsibility for Budget leak: SSC - UPDATE: Makhlouf in denial, no resignation offerState Services Commission - Findings of investigation into Secretary to the TreasuryThe Treasury - Statement by outgoing Secretary to the TreasuryNZ Govt - Government welcomes SSC Treasury reportNational - No accountability at Treasury over Budget “hack”NZ Taxpayers' Union - Findings on unrepentant Makhlouf are damningThe Scoop Team - Budget 2019 - Scoop Full Coverage
New Budget Arts Funding: Fairer Wage For Grant Artists, Creatives In Schools
The vital contribution and huge value the creative sector brings to New Zealand is recognised in this year’s Budget with $11.157 million over four years for two new initiatives, the Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern said today. More>>
Creative NZ - Creative New Zealand welcomes Government’s new investmentFulbright NZ - Oscar Kightley recipient of 2019 Pacific Writers' Residency - Fulbright New Zealand announces 2019 grantee cohort
Budget Breach "Hack" Claim Response: Government Advice Timeline Revealed
The government has finally given some clarity around the timeline of who knew what, and when , regarding Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf's claim Treasury's website had been hacked. More>>
RNZ - Treasury's Budget 'hack': timeline revealed - Five Eyes made information requests after Budget hack claimState Services Commission - Murray Jack to investigate Budget-sensitive material leak - Canapés and champagne but no confidenceNational - Robertson and Little need to come clean
Defence Capability Plan 2019 Released
The Defence Capability Plan sets out the Government’s indicative planned investments in the New Zealand Defence Force. More>>
Gordon Campbell - Gordon Campbell on the military withdrawal from Iraq - On the war purposes of our massive defence spend-upRNZ - National supports troop withdrawal - if partners do sameThe Scoop Team - PM's Post-Cab 10/6/2019: RedeployNZ Govt - Defence Capability Plan 2019 released - Super Hercules selected as preferred option - NZ confirms ongoing part in Operation Gallant Phoenix - New Zealand to withdraw from Iraq in June 2020 - New Zealand to refocus deployment to Afghanistan - Commissioning of HMNZS ManawanuiGreens - Green Party warmly welcomes end of Iraq deployment in 2020Auckland Peace Action - End all support for US Wars, not just IraqInquiry into Operation Burnham - Minute No 16. - Possibility of testimony from villagersImage NZDF, via May 2019 RNZ - NZ to decide whether to continue Iraq deployment

10-Month Crown Accounts: Tax Revenue Above Forecasts (So Far)
Core Crown tax revenue of $71.1 billion was $2.3 billion (3.3%) above forecast. Within this, other individuals tax was $0.9 billion (24.1%) above forecast, corporate tax $0.6 billion (4.8%) and GST $0.5 billion (2.6%) above forecast. More>>
BusinessDesk - Treasury, IRD investigating unexpectedly high April tax takeNZ Govt - Crown accounts show careful fiscal managementNational - Slowing economy will reduce wellbeingNZ Treasury - Monthly Economic Indicators May 2019

Accommodation, Energy Use, Screen Industry, ISPs: Four Surveys To End
The surveys will cease because Stats NZ is under significant cost pressures and is no longer able to run them based on present funding. Some of these surveys were run in consultation, and with funding, from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. More>>
BusinessDesk - Stats NZ cites lack of cash for cutting surveysRNZ - Stats NZ relying on insurance cash for surveysTourism Industry Aotearoa - Tourism industry shocked by loss of key data source - TIARegional Tourism NZ - Regional Tourism Shocked Over Loss of Valuable Tourism DataHoliday Parks NZ - Holiday parks devastated at insight cancellationHospitality NZ - Government drops funding for Accommodation SurveyStatistics NZ - New framework gives definition to housing quality - Local authority statistics: March 2019 quarter - Dairy export volumes advance to new record
Budget Breach: SSC Will Investigate Treasury Secretary's Response
State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has today announced an investigation into recent questions raised concerning the Chief Executive and Secretary to the Treasury, Gabriel Makhlouf, and his actions and public statements about the causes of the unauthorised access to Budget material. More>>
BusinessDesk - SSC to investigate Treasury Secretary MakhloufScoop Report - PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference 4/6/19: Post HocRNZ - Jacinda Ardern speaks at post-Budget media conference - Finance Minister willing to hand communications to SSCOut-Link - The 2019 NZ Budget Leak: what actually happened – The UnderstatementOut-Link - Where you’re getting the Treasury budget data breach story all wrong | The SpinoffLyndon Hood - Better Analogies for National Pilfering Budget Data
Report & Video: PM's Post-Budget Post-Cab
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern opened her post-Budget post-cabinet press conference with a run down of her post-budget week plans, her assessment of the post-budget response from mental health, and a summary of the government's new investment in DHBs. ... More>>
(Note see also pre-budget announcements below)
The Budget Speech Robertson: Budget Speech - The Wellbeing Budget
ReleasesRobertson: New Zealand’s first Wellbeing BudgetArdern: Wellbeing Budget tackles New Zealand’s long-term challengesInvesting in New Zealand Transforming the economyImproving child wellbeingTaking Mental Health SeriouslyBuilding a Productive NationTe tautoko i ngā tūmanako MāoriSupporting Māori and Pasifika aspirations
From Parliament:
Government/LabourPrime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Wellbeing Budget speechWellbeing Budget recognises the importance of Kōhanga ReoFunding for Growing Up in New Zealand studyBudget boosts Pacific-led wellbeing focus for AotearoaWellbeing Budget funds more JudgesCameras on vessels to ensure sustainable fisheriesBudget boost for primary sector
NationalBotched budget disappointment to New Zealanders - Botched budget sees economy continue to weaken - Broken promises and bad prioritiesHealth budget littered with broken promisesBotched Budget has motorists paying more for lessMore taxes hit hardworking NZers in Botched BudgetBudget sees taxpayers picking up tab for deadbeat dadsMore perverse logic from Jones on capital gains taxFunding for Technology Valley in Hutt is good newsNational calls for Budget inquiry to be widenedGovt reduces funding for people with disabilitiesGovt admits defeat on Social Housing in Botched BudgetPredator Free funding freeze - ideology before environmentUniversities ‘dumbed down’ in Botched BudgetRoad safety funding cut in Botched BudgetLabour’s report card shows broken promisesRobertson and Little need to come cleanMotorists have little to show for $1.7 billion tax grab
GreensBudget Speech - James ShawGreen Party welcomes first Wellbeing BudgetWellbeing Budget: We need to change how we see the economy
NZ FirstNew Zealand First Proud of Difference Budget 2019 Will MakeNZ First says wellbeing budget good for businessAn Important Budget Anouncement You May Have Missed
ACTSpeech: ACT Leader's Reply to Budget 2019Budget 2019: Wellbeing Budget is stardust over substanceBudget 2019: Tax, spend, and hopeBudget 2019: Teachers deserve better from GovernmentLack of gun funding risks black marketPolice Minister completely out of touch on gun buybackFree Press, 4 June 2019
Non-Parliamentary Political Reaction:Auckland Council - Mayor Goff welcomes Government’s Wellbeing BudgetNZ Taxpayers' Union - Wellbeing Budget is a thin veil for classic Labour spend-up - Welfare spending sky-rocketing - Taxpayer money will be spent unfairly via Whanau Ora - Mental health spending must not be a black hole - Dishonest fuel tax hikes nothing about “Wellbeing”Local Govt NZ - Wellbeing budget promises encourage local governmentGwynn Compton - Boost for Wellington rail should go towards Ōtaki extensionNew Conservative - New Conservative Welcomes Focus on Mental HealthSocialist Equality Group - Budget gives billions to military, starves public servicesOrganise Aotearoa - Socialists hangs banner over Ellerslie bridgeSH People's Politburo - Labour comes under fire from the leftMaori Party - Money talks when addressing Māori mental wellbeing
SOEs, etcDepartment of Conservation - Budget 2019 – DOC funding increaseKiwiRail - Budget investment builds a solid foundation for railTe Papa - Increased funding for Te Papa in Budget 2019
Health Sector Reaction:Alzheimers NZ - People with dementia obviously don’t countProCare Health - ProCare welcomes Govt funding for mental health supportNZ Private Surgical Hospitals Association - Budget could have done more to reduce surgical waiting listsRoyal NZ College of General Practitioners - GPs welcome mental health funding announcementNZ Association of Counsellors - Govt just doesn’t get it!Association of Salaried Medical Specialists - Health budget barely maintains the status quoNZ Nurses Organisation - Wellbeing Budget initiatives will require nursesMental Health Foundation - Wellbeing Budget 2019 a good start towards transformationNZ College Of Midwives - Midwives, Babies and Mothers OverlookedAustralasian College for Emergency Medicine - Response to Government’s first "Wellbeing Budget"Lifeline Aotearoa - Lifeline Aotearoa says Wellbeing Budget could signal turnNorthern Cochlear Implant Trust - The silent torture continues for cochlear implant patientsSouthern Cochlear Implant Programme - Budget delivers heartbreak for cochlear implant patientsLung Foundation NZ - Call for more investment in harm reductionRoyal Australasian College of Physicians - Bold Budget Making Wellbeing the Norm: DoctorsNational Hauora Coalition - Much needed investment in Rheumatic fever shows commitmentCentre of Research Excellence - Tobacco Control Expert Questions Budget Tobacco Tax IncreaseFederation of Primary Health - Federation welcomes the Government’s Focus on WellbeingNZ Association of Counsellors - Mental health spending reinvents the wheel, say counsellorsNZ Medical Association - NZMA Welcomes NZ's First Wellbeing BudgetNZ Psychological Society - Budget: NZPsS delighted to see investment in mental healthTe Tumu Waiora Collaborative - Government funding commitment for mental healthAsthma Foundation - Budget brush-off won’t slow down FoundationDisability Support Network - Wellbeing Budget falls disappointingly short for disabilityRoyal Australian and NZ College of Psychiatrists - Wellbeing Budget 2019 cautiously welcomed by psychiatristsAssociation of Salaried Medical Specialists - Acute demand driving deficitsRANZCP - An opportunity to lift the wellbeing of all New Zealanders
Education Sector Reaction:PPTA - Budget 2019 fails to fix teacher shortagesNZEI - Budget doesn't deliver the transformational change neededUniversities NZ - Te Pokai Tara - Funding increase much-needed boost for universitiesTertiary Education Union - Aspirations require a well-funded tertiary education sectorEarly Childhood NZ - No Wellbeing Budget for our youngest childrenNZ Kindergartens - New Zealand Kindergartens Statement re Budget 2019Ruahine Kindergartens - Disappointing budget for Kindergarten and Early LearningNZSTA - Real transformation takes time - Tomorrow’s Schools review v Budget 2019 - what needs fixing
Science and Tech Sector Reaction:Science Media Centre - Budget 2019 - Expert Reaction - Budget 2019: Mental Health - Expert Reaction
Union Reaction:CTU - CTU welcomes Wellbeing Budget as a good startPublic Service Association - PSA welcomes Wellbeing Budget but more still to do - Response to mental health and addiction inquiry brings hope - More needed for Disability Support to address underfunding
Welfare/Poverty Sector ReactionOffice of the Children's Commissioner - ‘Significant and powerful step forward’Community Housing Aotearoa - Affordable Housing good for wellbeing too!Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu - This is the moment for Whanau Ora /Wellbeing in ActionAuckland Action Against Poverty - Wellbeing budget fails to deliver for beneficiaries - Not Enough Left in the Budget for low-income communitiesSalvation Army - Focus on vulnerable communities welcomed by Salvation ArmyIHC - Budget sets overdue pathway for intellectual disabilitiesUNICEF - Wellbeing Budget: A systemic approach to complex issuesWellington City Mission - Wellington City Mission is encouraged by Wellbeing BudgetHabitat for Humanity - Housing Budget a balance between urgent and long-term needsBarnardos - An Aotearoa where every child shines brightSSPA - SSPA’s response to the Budget announcementsNZCCSS - Budget 2019 - A Hopeful StartChild Poverty Action Group - Nothing transformational for children in povertyCaritas Aotearoa - Caritas Welcomes Stronger Focus on Vulnerable In BudgetAotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers - ANZASW response to the 2019 budgetGreypower - Grey Power disappointed with the latest budgetEconomic and Social Research Aotearoa - New Report Declares Wellbeing Budget ‘Failure’NZ Council of Christian Social Services - Wellbeing Budget 2019: How transformative is it?
Finance, Tax & Analysis:Deloitte - Budget an important first step for meaningful change - Wellbeing Budget largely delivers on wellbeing promise - Tax barely gets a mention in the Wellbeing BudgetFinancial Services Council - Long-term focus of Wellbeing Budget welcomedXE Money Transfer - NZ 'wellbeing' Budget Release - NZD unchangedKiwibank - Our TakeBaker Tilly Staples Roadway - “Responsible” Budget a pleasant surpriseNZ Private Capital - Venture capital industry ready to accelerate growthFinancial Advice NZ - Financial Confidence And Capacity Essential to WellbeingCommission for Financial Capability - CFFC welcomes Budget funding to improve home ownershipBooster - Booster Welcomes New Venture Capital Fund
Business ReactionBusiness Central - Employers welcome mental health services boostChartered Accountants Australia and NZ - Business is not totally left out of the Wellbeing BudgetCanterbury Employers' Chamber Of Commerce - Budget overlooks business wellbeingFederated Farmers - Wellbeing Budget should have worked with farmers - Feds applauds Budget’s farming investmentsEMA - Wellbeing Budget 2019 delivers, but not for business - Good news for manufacturers in Wellbeing Budget 2019Business NZ - Focused spending for business and the economyIndustry Training Federation of NZ - Budget 2019 investments must deliver workforce skillsGreen Building Council - Budget responseREINZ - REINZ disappointed housing supply not addressed in Budget 19DairyNZ - Ambitious targets will require govt support - Rural communities need mental health focusAuckland Chamber of Commerce - Wellbeing Budget impacts Aucklanders stuck in traffic…
EnvironmentFish and Game NZ - Fish & Game welcome Budget announcementsRecreation Aotearoa - Recreation Aotearoa applauds $10M increase spendingForest And Bird - Funding for conservation a step in the right directionCitizens Environmental Advocacy Centre - Budget 2019 - “Rail funding gets the full support of CEAC.”Green Building Council - Budget responseOur Seas Our Future - Wellbeing Budget under delivers on Environmental WellbeingBiochar Network NZ - BNNZ Government budget response
Other ReactionAUT University - Making policy sense of New Zealand’s First Wellbeing BudgetTe Mangai Paho - Te Māngai Pāho welcomes Wellbeing Budget 2019Recreation Aotearoa - Recreation Aotearoa welcomes increased budget for Sport NZ - Recreation Aotearoa applauds Budget initiativePeace Movement Aotearoa - Wellbeing Budget: Shocking rise in military spendingPacific Health Plus - Budget: Less than 1% for so-called pacific priorityOxfam NZ - Minister Peters encouraged to keep turning the dial on aidMaori Language Commission - A strategic revitalisation budget for te reo MāoriExerciseNZ - The Wellbeing Budget lacked wellness – exercise expert saysUniversity of Auckland - Unfair superannuation partner rule finally dropped
Government Pre-Budget Announcements:Finance Minister Grant Robertson on statement from TreasuryWork begins to drop public transport faresArdern: Pre-Budget speech to Business New ZealandDelivering for Māori and the whenuaPre-Budget speech to the Craigs Investors ConferenceTargets set to help break the cycle of child povertyWellbeing Budget to boost support for ethnic communitiesSecuring the future of ambulance servicesNew digital platform for SuperGold CardBreaking the cycle of family and sexual violenceWellbeing Budget supports new rheumatic fever initiativeBetting Levy to be repealedCreating a sustainable forestry sectorPre-Budget speech to the Wellington Chamber of CommerceSupporting working women with pay equity: next stepsRemoval of fees and a stronger NCEAMore than 1,000 homeless to be housed through Budget 2019A whānau-centred pathway to break the cycleInfrastructure Pipeline launchedGovernment invests in clean energy centreSupporting people into work and income securityThousands more teachers for schoolsGovernment maintains surplus in Crown accountsStats Minister confirms funding for Census fixBoost for services to veterans and their familiesGovt accounts in position to weather global uncertainty
BusinessDesk Pre-Budget Coverage:Robertson blasts Treasury over hasty police action'The most contemptible moment in NZ politics’Budget leak: no Treasury hack, say policeBudget leaks suggest Gov centralising mental health spendingBridges claims huge Budget details leakReaction to Budget relaxation shows balance 'about right'BUDGET 2019: NZ debt target to be more flexible from 2022Govt redirects $197M underspend to vocational reformJones defiant, apologetic over Provincial Growth FundTreasury warns growth might be weaker than December forecastGovt's capital programme $1.4 billion below expectationsUPDATE: Govt pledges $16M for census improvementsAnnual census possible as govt data replacing formfillingGovt signs off its first ‘well-being’ Budget
From RNZ:Wellbeing Budget: 'Joining the dots' for a bold visionWellbeing Budget: Tamaki residents don't have time to wait'Entirely appropriate behaviour' from National - BridgesBudget info under 'multiple and persistent attack'Budget leak: Embarrassing error or conspiracy?Diaries reveal how government ministers spend their daysWellington transport announcement against Treasury adviceWellington's public transport system to get $6.4b overhaulDole sanction delay 'prolonging something harmful'Coalition faces 'student backlash' if no-fee policy revisedNCEA shake-up: Mixed feelings over external assessments
Pre-budget statements and wishlists:National - Government playing petty politics with Budget Day process - Minister should apologise twice to independent midwives - Budget must live up to its own hype - Amy Adams Speech: Prepared for Northern Regional ConferenceACT - Free Press, 27 May 2019 - The Last of the Stardust A Better Start National Science Challenge - A Better Start National Science Challenge endorses BudgetMaori Council - Government has failed Maori across the boardPublic Transport Users Association - Public Transport Funding Needs a Boost in Budget TodayHabitat for Humanity - High Hopes for Home Ownership Assistance in BudgetKiwibuy - Community Housing Providers hope for home ownership supportHapai Te Hauora - Budget should demonstrate commitment to MāoriAuckland Peace Action - Well-Being' budget ensures health of weapons dealersJane Stevens - What we want from the Government’s ‘Wellbeing Budget”NZ Nurses Organisation - Budget a chance to address ethnic pay inequitiesChild Poverty Action Group - Will Budget 2019 be transformational for children?Baker Tilly Staples Roadway - Business concerns on wellbeing agenda lead to mixed messagesUniversity of Canterbury - Dawn of the Wellbeing Budget – revolution or facade?Social Credit - National’s Debt Comments A Losing StrategyAuckland Business Chamber - Debt level shift creates opportunity for accelerated actionNational Heart Foundation - Heart Foundation Welcomes Rheumatic Fever Fund AnnouncementMassey University - Massey University launches Shared Prosperity IndexAssociation of Salaried Medical Specialists - Health $3.2 billion under-funded since 2009/10CTU - Vote Health needs an extra $1.3 billion just to stand stillSocial Service Providers Aotearoa - Budget needs to close the community social worker pay gapAsthma Foundation - Wellbeing Budget Could Be a Breath of Fresh AirFIRST Union - Wellbeing budget delivers for Ambo wages, St John moving
Selected coverage of pre-Budget announcements and drama:

No Crime: Search Engine Flaw Allowed Previews Of Budget Docs
Following Tuesday's referral, the Police have advised the Treasury that, on the available information, an unknown person or persons appear to have exploited a feature in the website search tool but that this does not appear to be unlawful...
- ...a specifically-worded search would be able to surface small amounts of content from the 2019/20 Estimates documents.
- A large number (approx. 2,000) of search terms were placed into the search bar looking for specific information on the 2019 Budget...
- This would return a few sentences - that included the headlines for each Vote paper - but the search would not return the whole document. More>>
BusinessDesk - Robertson blasts Treasury over hasty police action - 'The most contemptible moment in NZ politics’ - Budget leak: no Treasury hack, say policeRNZ - Simon Bridges press conference on Budget breachNZ Govt - Comment from Grant RobertsonState Services Commission - Inquiry into unauthorised access to Budget materialOut-Link - National's Budget leaks go against security agency's advice and Treasury breach was unlawful, lawyers say | - Treasury hacking: The time I hacked WINZ - Keith Ng - NZ Herald

Two Recommendations Not Accepted: Govt Responds To Mental Health Report
Mental health Foundation: “We’re very pleased to see a renewed investment in mental health services, especially at the community level,” MHF chief executive Shaun Robinson says. “Demand for services has increased by 75% over the last 10 years and funding hasn’t kept pace with this demand. This demand must be met and we’re glad to see the Government recognises this and is investing in this area.” More>>
Science Media Centre - Government’s response to He Ara Oranga – Expert ReactionBusinessDesk - Budget leaks suggest Gov centralising mental health spendingNZ Govt - Response details: Taking mental health and addiction seriouslyNational - Government must stop delays on mental healthGreens - Mental health a top priority for wellbeingNZ First - NZ First Commitment on Mental Health Commission DeliveredJami-Lee Ross - No suicide reduction target concerningHealth and Disability Commissioner - Commissioner welcomes Government response to He Ara OrangaNZ Association of Counsellors - Resources placement crucial to transforming mental healthDAPAANZ - Good And Bad News In ‘Wellness Budget’ AnnouncementAssociation of Salaried Medical Specialists - Government’s mental health response a positive step forwardNZ Union of Students Associations - Gov response to mental health inquiry report celebratedBarnardos - Barnardos welcomes Gov response to mental health inquirySocial Credit Party - Politicians Urged to Stop Point Scoring Politics
Gordon Campbell: On The Budget Leak
No doubt the Police will carry out their investigation of the Treasury Budget hack with more courtesy and nuance than they showed when pursuing the source of those Dirty Politics emails... More>>
National Releases Budget Info: 'Systematic Hack' Referred To Police
Treasury has gathered sufficient evidence to indicate that its systems have been deliberately and systematically hacked. The Treasury has referred the matter to the Police on the advice of the National Cyber Security Centre. More>>
RNZ - 'Entirely appropriate behaviour' from National: Bridges - Budget info under 'multiple and persistent attack' - Budget leak: Embarrassing error or conspiracy?BusinessDesk - Budget Leak: Most cyber-leaks come from internal sources - Budget leaks suggest Gov centralising mental health spending - Bridges claims huge Budget details leakNZ Govt - Finance Minister Grant Robertson on statement from TreasuryNational - Mental Health Commission confirmed in Budget - Mental Health Commission confirmed in Budget - National reveals even more Budget details - National reveals Budget detailsACT - Public deserves clarity on leak - Budget details show Labour, National almost identicalThe Treasury - Treasury evaluating reports; Budget to proceed as plannedNZ Taxpayers' Union - Treasury referred to MBIE for leaky building syndromeOut-Link - Only option for clarity on Budget breach is to wait | RNZ NewsDarkscope - Treasury “hack” - not likely at allOut-Link - Budget leak: Nats’ behaviour “entirely appropriate”? | Media Law Journal

RNZ Live Blog: Education 'Mega Strike'
Members of the two teachers' unions - NZEI and the Post Primary Teachers' Association - are striking after refusing to settle for three pay rises of 3 percent each. Talks with the Education Ministry have been deadlocked for months and the government has insisted it will not increase the total value of its offers... More>>
TVNZ - Jack Tame interviews Education FiguresDon Franks - Teachers ObstaclesNational - Government misleading on teachers’ offers - Budget must live up to its own hypeGreens - Green Party supports teachers and principalsI Back The Teachers - NZ Parents stand strong in support of teachers’ strikeSocial Credit - There is more money for teachersSocialist Equality Group - Break from Labour and the unions! Unite the working classSarah McGuinness - Upcoming teachers strike: Tips for parents and workplacesEmploysure - Advice for Today’s Teacher StrikesNZEI - NZEI Te Riu Roa supports student action on climate change
LVRs Remain For Now: RBNZ's Orr Sees 'Resilient' Financial System
Reserve Bank governor Adrian Orr is less concerned about housing loans but is still fretting about a third of dairy debt and is also flagging the rapid growth in lending to the horticulture sector. More>>
BusinessDesk - RBNZ says ANZ has to hold more capital against lending - RBNZ appoints three independent expertsReserve Bank - Work required to achieve financial resilience

27/5/19 - PM And FinMin's Post-Cab: Mental Health Inquiry And Budget Responsibility
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Minister of Finance Grant Robertson for the last post-cabinet press conference before Thursday's budget. The Government will also announce its delayed response to the mental health inquiry this week. More>>
26/5/19: New Service For Young People Leaving Care
The Wellbeing Budget contains funding to build a new nation-wide Transition Support Service which is expected to help around 3,000 young people over the next four years after it starts on July 1. More>>
Barnardos - Barnardos praises Budget 2019 youth investmentPublic Service Association - The PSA welcomes transition support package

23/5/19 - Robertson Speech: Budget Sees Wider Debt Target
"New Zealand is well positioned to face this instability and uncertainty, but we are not immune from its impacts. Growth rates are set to be lower than we have seen in recent years..." More>>
NZ Govt - Ardern: Pre-Budget speech to Business New ZealandBusinessDesk - BUDGET 2019: NZ debt target to be more flexible from 2022National - Robertson concedes defeat on budget rulesCTU - Relaxing of borrowing constraint welcome, but more needed

Budget Announcements: Family And Sexual Violence Response
The family and sexual violence package, which sits across eight portfolios, is the result of the first ever joint Budget bid from multiple government departments. More>>
National - Government must fund family violence programmeNational Network of Stopping Violence Services - Budget focus on family violence prevention a big stepTOAH-NNEST - Sexual Violence Initiative WelcomedWomens Refuge - NZ's first shelter for pets affected by family violenceANZASW - ANZASW on funding to tackle family and sexual violenceBarnardos - Barnardos welcomes new gov family and sexual violence budget

'Wellbeing Budget': Grant Robertson Pre-Budget Speech
There has been a fair amount of attention in the media here and internationally on this year’s budget – our country’s first Wellbeing Budget. Enough for me to be invited to the recent Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, to talk about our approach... More>>
Recent budget announcements NZ Govt - Supporting working women with pay equity: next steps - Removal of fees and a stronger NCEA - More than 1,000 homeless to be housed through Budget 2019 - Government invests in clean energy centreNational - Wellbeing changes all talk
Budget 2019: "More Than 1,000 Homeless To Be Housed"
Jacinda Ardern said Budget 2019 is breaking the cycle for long-term homeless people by giving them a permanent, warm and safe home, and support services to help address the causes of homelessness. More>>
Greens - Government action on homelessness an encouraging stepCoalition to End Homelessness - Significant investment towards ending homelessness

Welfare Report Release: Government Announces Three Changes
Despite there being over 40 recommendations, the Government has only committed to three changes in this year’s budget, which include an end to sanctions on sole parents, changes to the abatement rate, and additional frontline staff. More>>
Gordon Campbell - On the government’s timidity on welfareThe Nation - Social Development Minister Carmel SepuloniThe Scoop Team - PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference 6/5/19: Weed TomorrowNZ Govt - Supporting people into work and income securityNational - Government stalls on welfare reformGreens - Milestone in Green Party campaign to overhaul welfare systemACT - Labour lets fathers off the hookChild Poverty Action Group - CPAG welcomes WEAG recommendations to ensure dignity for all - New data on benefit sanctions show fairer treatmentNZCCSS - Dignity and Mana through Lifting IncomesSalvation Army - The Salvation Army welcomes the release of the WEAG report - Government needs to listen to WEAG on HousingBarnardos - Barnardos says Welfare recs have transformative potentialAuckland Action Against Poverty - AAAP celebrates end to sanctions on sole parentsCommunity Networks Aoteroa - Need for action urgent – many can’t wait another yearNorthland Urban Rural Mission - Call to transform a broken system has been left unansweredFinCap - FinCap welcomes the recommendations in Welfare reportCTU - Welfare report offers hope - CTUPublic Service Association - PSA on Welfare Expert Advisory Group ReportNZ Taxpayers' Union - Welfare for deadbeat dads is a betrayal of taxpayersFamily First - Government Should Not Sideline FathersREINZ - REINZ welcomes Welfare Advisory Group ReportClosing The Gap - Inequality is Making Kids Sick

Budget: More For Teacher Training
The Government is pumping more resources into addressing the long term challenge of teacher shortages in our schools by training or supporting 3280 additional teachers over the next four years… More>>
National - Government’s teacher package a mixed bagNZEI Te Riu Roa - Investment in training welcomed, underlying issues remain

Budget: $16M For Census Fix, Improvements
The government is committing an extra $10.36 million to fund Statistics New Zealand's preparations for the 2023 national census after lower than anticipated participation and completion marred the results of the 2018 census. More>>
The Scoop Team - PM's Post-Cab 29/4/19: Delays, Mental Health, And StatisticsBusinessDesk - Annual census possible as govt data replacing formfillingNZ Govt - Stats Minister confirms funding for Census fixNational - Report into Census debacle released - Census delays are the only thing adding upStatistics NZ - 2018 Census – real data about real peopleTe Mana Raraunga - Te Mana Raraunga Statement on 2018 New Zealand Census
PM's Post-Cab Video & Report: Delays, Mental Health, And Statistics
Prime Minister Ardern said that the Government's response to the mental health and addiction inquiry would be delayed until closer to the budget... Ardern and James Shaw announced a budget funding increase for the census. More>>
Out-Link - Māori voices 'missing' from Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry | Ross - MP's mental health podcast launchesNZ Council for Educational Research - Secondary schools need more support for student wellbeing

No Comment: PM's Post-Cab 15/4/19
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed cabinet signoff on the year's "wellbeing" budget. She described some of its goals but declined to comment on any specifics... She also discussed the case of a New Zealand nurse believed to have been abducted by ISIS while working with the Red Cross in Syria in 2013. More>>
BusinessDesk - Govt signs off its first ‘well-being’ Budget
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