Budget 2019 - Scoop Full Coverage

Published: Thu 30 May 2019 11:18 AM
Budget 2019 - Scoop Full Coverage

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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: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:'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 - 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 material

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 inquiry
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 - 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 syndromeNational - Mental Health Commission confirmed in Budget - National reveals even more Budget details - National reveals Budget detailsOut-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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