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21 May, 2015

KiwiSaver $1,000 kick-start payment to cease

People enrolling in KiwiSaver from 2pm today will no longer receive a $1,000 kick-start payment, Finance Minister Bill English says. The change does not affect existing KiwiSaver members.

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21 May, 2015

Share offer funds support education, UFB, rail

Proceeds from the Government’s share offer programme provide a further $939 million of new capital investment in Budget 2015 without the need to borrow more from overseas lenders, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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21 May, 2015

Books in good shape as surplus nears

The Crown’s books are in good shape and on track to surplus as the Government maintains its careful and responsible management of public spending, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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21 May, 2015

Budget 2015: At a Glance

Budget 2015 delivers careful management of public spending, hand in hand with investment in public services.

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21 May, 2015

Budget Speech

It’s a privilege to present the National-led Government’s seventh Budget. New Zealand has come through significant challenges and is now a more confident and resilient country than it was seven years ago. Successive Budgets have sought to put New Zealand on a track to surplus and debt reduction, and as a result the Government’s books are in good shape.

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21 May, 2015

Help for families at heart of responsible Budget

A package of measures aimed at reducing hardship among children in New Zealand’s lowest-income households is at the heart of new spending announced in the Budget today, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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21 May, 2015

$790m package for children in poorest families

Budget 2015 includes a $790 million package to reduce hardship among children in New Zealand’s poorest families, as the next step in the Government’s commitment to address the long-term drivers of deprivation.

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17 May, 2015

Budget 2015: Extra property tax measures

The Government is taking extra steps to bolster the tax rules on property transactions – including those by overseas buyers - and to help Inland Revenue enforce them, Finance Minister Bill English and Revenue Minister Todd McClay say.

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11 May, 2015

Small deficit in Crown accounts to March

The Crown accounts for the nine months to March 31 posted a deficit of $358 million, smaller than the $1.2 billion deficit forecast by Treasury in December, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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7 May, 2015

Flag process is structured correctly, English says

The process for considering the New Zealand flag is structured in the best way to give the fairest outcome, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says.

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6 May, 2015

Next steps in social housing reform announced

Tauranga and Invercargill have been selected as the first regions for the proposed transfer of Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZC) houses to registered Community Housing Providers (CHPs), Ministers Bill English and Paula Bennett say.

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5 May, 2015

Changing the New Zealand flag?

All New Zealanders are being encouraged to have their say in the public discussion on whether New Zealand should change its flag.

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1 May, 2015

Pre-Budget Speech to the Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce

The Budget on 21st May will set out in detail the Treasury’s revised economic and fiscal forecasts as well as the Government’s decisions around new spending.

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30 April, 2015

Way forward for Tāmaki regeneration announced

Ownership and management of approximately 2800 Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZC) properties at Tamaki will be transferred to the Tamaki Redevelopment Company (TRC) to encourage regeneration of the area, Finance Minister Bill English and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith say.

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14 April, 2015

Budget 2015

On 21 May, Finance Minister Bill English delivered the National-led Government’s seventh Budget.

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13 April, 2015

English to visit Australia this week

Finance Minister Bill English will visit Australia this week, where he will take the opportunity to hear first-hand from business and industry leaders their thoughts about the relative strengths and weaknesses of the Australian economy.

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10 April, 2015

Crown accounts turn back to deficit in February

The Crown accounts have slipped back to a deficit of $269 million in the eight months to February, making the previous month’s flirtation with surplus short-lived but nevertheless encouraging, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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8 April, 2015

Social housing comments unfounded

Comments from the State Housing Action Network that the Government is abdicating its responsibility to social housing tenants are completely incorrect, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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19 March, 2015

NZ’s consistent economic growth continues

New Zealand’s economy continues to perform consistently well with another quarter of solid growth reported today, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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12 March, 2015

Flag Referendums Bill passes first reading

A bill that sets out how the two postal referendums on the New Zealand Flag will be conducted passed its first reading in Parliament today, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says.

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11 March, 2015

Books show surplus for seven months to January

The operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) for the seven months to January was a surplus of $77 million, driven by higher than expected tax revenue and lower than expected operating expenses, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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6 March, 2015

Moody’s reaffirms NZ’s top Aaa credit rating

Leading credit rating agency Moody’s Investors Service has reaffirmed New Zealand’s Aaa sovereign credit rating with a stable outlook, noting the strength of the economy and improving government finances.

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27 February, 2015

Govt backs data forum’s recommendations

The Government is backing the recommendations of the NZ Data Futures Forum to make better use of public data and uphold privacy standards, Finance Minister Bill English and Statistics Minister Craig Foss say.

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26 February, 2015

Speech to the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and Massey University

With the National-led Government now into its third term, I’d like to update you on our priorities for the next three years.

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26 February, 2015

Thousands of new houses for Auckland’s Tāmaki

Around 7,500 new houses are expected to be built in the Auckland suburb of Tāmaki over the next decade as part of the Government’s programme of increasing and speeding up new housing developments, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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26 February, 2015

Flag Consideration Panel members announced

The Government has appointed 12 New Zealanders as members of the Flag Consideration Panel which will engage with the public about a possible new New Zealand flag, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says.

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20 February, 2015

December deficit $381m better than forecast

Higher than expected tax revenue and lower than expected operating expenses contributed to an operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) deficit of $990 million for the six months to December, Finance Minister Bill English says.

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19 February, 2015

Speech to the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand

This is my seventh opportunity to talk to this audience, which reflects both the stability of this Government and the opportunity provided by a clear election mandate to embed changes in public services.

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19 February, 2015

Ministers set new targets to reduce dependence

The Government has set itself ambitious new targets including 75,000 fewer New Zealanders being on benefits by June 2018 as part of its Better Public Services drive, Finance Minister Bill English and State Services Minister Paula Bennett say.

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11 February, 2015

Finance Minister to present Budget on 21 May

Budget 2015 will be presented on Thursday, 21 May, Finance Minister Bill English said today.

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