Budget 2017 announcements

Budget 2017

On Thursday 25 May, Finance Minister Steven Joyce delivered the National-led Government’s ninth Budget. The following is a list of all Budget 2017 announcements.
 

Budget Day announcements

Sharing the benefits of growth
Rt Hon Bill English, Prime Minister

Budget 2017 shares the benefits of growth by improving public services, investing in the infrastructure needed for a growing country, reducing debt and lifting incomes, Prime Minister Bill English says.

Delivering for New Zealanders
Hon Steven Joyce, Minister of Finance

Budget 2017 is delivering for New Zealanders with significant investments in public services and infrastructure, and a Family Incomes Package that will help them get ahead, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says.

Budget 2017: Overview

Budget Speech
Hon Steven Joyce, Minister of Finance

It is an honour and a privilege to present my first budget to the public of New Zealand – the ninth of this National-led Government.

Rising surpluses fund investment in our future
Hon Steven Joyce, Minister of Finance

The Government’s programme of responsible fiscal management is delivering for New Zealanders, with rising surpluses and falling debt improving our resilience and giving us more opportunities to invest in our future, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says.

$7b to build better public services for a growing country
Hon Steven Joyce, Minister of Finance

The Government is allocating $7 billion over four years in Budget 2017 to sustain and expand public services in health, education, law and order and social development, as part of our commitment to deliver better public services for a growing country, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says.

$4b in new capital investment in Budget 2017
Hon Steven Joyce, Minister of Finance

The Government is allocating $4 billion in new capital spending as part of Budget 2017 as it builds the infrastructure for a growing economy, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says.

$2b Family Incomes Package to lift after-tax incomes
Hon Steven Joyce, Minister of Finance

The Government’s $2 billion per year Family Incomes Package will make changes to tax thresholds, Working for Families and the Accommodation Supplement to help Kiwi families get ahead, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says.

EQC levy increase to prepare for future disasters
Hon Steven Joyce, Minister of Finance, and Hon Gerry Brownlee, Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission

Earthquake Commission (EQC) levies will increase from 1 November to help rebuild its Natural Disaster Fund (NDF), which has been depleted following the Christchurch and Kaikōura earthquakes.

Next steps to reducing emissions
Hon Paula Bennett, Minister for Climate Change Issues

Budget 2017 invests $4 million of new operating funding over four years to progress New Zealand’s climate change work programme, Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett says.

$2b investment in law and order
Hon Paula Bennett, Minister of Police, Hon Amy Adams, Minister of Justice and Minister for Courts, and Hon Louise Upston, Minister of Corrections

Budget 2017 invests $1.24 billion of new operating funding over four years and $785.6 million of capital funding in law and order initiatives to help make our communities safer, Police Minister Paula Bennett, Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams, and Corrections Minister Louise Upston say.

New funding for Antarctica presence
Hon Gerry Brownlee, Minister of Foreign Affairs

New funding of $9.6 million in Budget 2017 will see New Zealand’s presence in Antarctica continue while cementing the Government’s commitment to the continent, Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee says.

$548m for rail around New Zealand
Hon Simon Bridges, Minister of Transport

Budget 2017 will invest $548 million of new capital funding to maintain and upgrade New Zealand’s rail network, supporting freight movement, exporters, tourism and public transport, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.

First tranche of City Rail Link funding
Hon Simon Bridges, Minister of Transport

Budget 2017 provides $436 million of new capital for Auckland’s City Rail Link (CRL), as the first tranche of the Government’s investment in this critical transport project for Auckland, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.

$9.17b of capital investment for our state highways
Hon Simon Bridges, Minister of Transport

The Government will invest $9.17 billion in capital into New Zealand’s state highway network over the next four years through the New Zealand Transport Agency, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.

Supporting a growing economy through innovation
Hon Simon Bridges, Minister for Economic Development, and Hon Paul Goldsmith, Minister of Science and Innovation and Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment

Budget 2017 will invest $372.8 million of new operating funding in the second round of the Government’s Innovative New Zealand programme, Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith say.

Social Investment Package to help vulnerable Kiwis
Hon Amy Adams, Minister Responsible for Social Investment

Budget 2017’s $321 million Social Investment Package will be targeted at improving the lives of some of our most vulnerable people, Social Investment Minister Amy Adams says.

$205m boost for social housing
Hon Amy Adams, Minister of Social Housing and Minister Responsible for Housing New Zealand

Budget 2017 will provide $185 million of new operating over the next four years and $20 million of capital for housing support for New Zealanders in need, in addition to the Accommodation Supplement changes contained within the Family Incomes Package, Social Housing Minister Amy Adams says.

$100m more for housing on Crown Land
Hon Amy Adams, Minister of Social Housing

Budget 2017 will include $100 million in new capital funding to allow vacant or under-utilised Crown land to be freed up for additional housing developments, Social Housing Minister Amy Adams says.

$224m boost for mental health
Hon Amy Adams, Minister Responsible for Social Investment, and Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health

Budget 2017 will invest an extra $224 million over four years in mental health services including $124 million in new innovative approaches, Social Investment Minister Amy Adams and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman say.

$37.2m to reduce family violence
Hon Amy Adams, Minister of Justice, and Hon Anne Tolley, Minister of Social Development

Budget 2017 invests $37.2 million of operating funding to reduce the harm caused by family violence, Justice Minister Amy Adams and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley say.

$46.9m to reduce burglary and youth offending
Hon Amy Adams, Minister of Justice, and Hon Mark Mitchell, Associate Minister of Justice

Budget 2017 will provide an extra $46.9 million of operating funding over the next four years for new services to reduce burglary and youth offending, Justice Minister Amy Adams and Associate Justice Minister Mark Mitchell say.

Health investment increases to a record $16.8b
Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health

Budget 2017 will invest an extra $3.9 billion over four years into Vote Health taking the total health investment to a record $16.77 billion in 2017/18, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says.

Further support for bowel screening roll-out
Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health

Budget 2017 will invest $38.5 million of new operating funding over four years to further support the staged implementation of the national bowel screening programme, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says.

$205.4m for disability support services
Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health, and Hon Nicky Wagner, Minister for Disability Issues and Associate Minister of Health

Budget 2017 will invest an extra $205.4 million over four years to maintain and improve disability support services, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner say.

$8.7m for pay equity and Holidays Act initiatives
Hon Michael Woodhouse, Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety

Budget 2017 provides $8.7 million of operating funding over the next four years for initiatives to support pay equity dispute resolution and Holidays Act compliance, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse says.

$64.4m to support people into employment
Hon Anne Tolley, Minister for Social Development

Budget 2017 invests $64.4 million of new operating funding to help people move off benefits and into work, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says.

$434.1m to support young people in care
Hon Anne Tolley, Minister for Children

Budget 2017 invests significantly to support vulnerable children and young people in care through the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki, Minister for Children Anne Tolley says.

$30.5m boost to fisheries management
Hon Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries

A significant boost of $30.5 million of operating funding over the next four years in Budget 2017 will upgrade and modernise the fisheries management system, including the roll-out of cameras, monitoring, and electronic reporting on all commercial vessels, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says.

Funding boost to strengthen biosecurity
Hon Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries

A boost of $18.4 million of operating funding over four years from Budget 2017 will help further strengthen the biosecurity system and protect our borders, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says.

$1.5b boost for schools and early education
Hon Nikki Kaye, Minister of Education

Budget 2017 has delivered the largest injection of new money into education since the Government took office in 2008, with an additional $1.1 billion of new operating funding over the next four years, plus an additional $392.4 million of capital funding, Education Minister Nikki Kaye says.

Extra help for children with additional learning needs
Hon Nikki Kaye, Minister of Education

Budget 2017 provides $63.3 million of operating funding over the next four years to support students with additional learning needs, including more teacher aide hours and a new programme for parents and teachers of young children with autism, Education Minister Nikki Kaye says.

$456.5m investment in school property
Hon Nikki Kaye, Minister of Education, and Hon Tim Macindoe, Associate Minister of Education

School capacity across New Zealand will increase significantly as a result of $392.4 million of capital funding and $64.1 million of operating funding over four years, Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe say.

Initiatives for environment and infrastructure
Hon Dr Nick Smith, Minister for the Environment, and Minister of Building and Construction

The Government is committing additional funding in Budget 2017 to implement some of its key environmental and infrastructure initiatives, Environment and Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

Budget 2017 addresses black hole expenditure
Hon Judith Collins, Minister of Revenue

Many business expenses currently written off as black hole expenditure would become tax deductible under proposals released as part of Budget 2017, Revenue Minister Judith Collins says.

Conservation spending keeps growing
Hon Maggie Barry, Minister of Conservation

Budget 2017 invests an additional $107.8 million to strengthen conservation programmes and manage tourism growth on public conservation land, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

$21.2m to tell New Zealand’s stories and news
Hon Maggie Barry, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage

Budget 2017 includes a significant investment in Radio New Zealand, as well as new funding to support the understanding of our most important national stories, Ms Barry says.

$132.1m investment in tertiary education
Hon Paul Goldsmith, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment

Budget 2017 invests $132.1 million of new operating funding to develop the skills and knowledge needed for a stronger and more internationally connected New Zealand economy, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith says.

$40.5m for strategic science investment
Hon Paul Goldsmith, Minister of Science and Innovation

$40.5 million of new operating funding in Budget 2017 will help to reduce the risk to life from natural disasters and hazards, and explore the unique environment of Antarctica, Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith says.

$81.9m for excellent high impact science
Hon Paul Goldsmith, Minister of Science and Innovation

Budget 2017 will invest an additional $81.9 million of new operating funding over four years to support high-impact, mission-led programmes of science through the Endeavour Fund, Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith says.

$81.8m for Community Corrections and prisoner rehabilitation
Hon Louise Upston, Minister of Corrections

Budget 2017 invests $81.8 million of new operating funding over four years to help manage offenders serving sentences in the community and to improve prisoner rehabilitation, Corrections Minister Louise Upston says.

$982m funding boost for Defence
Hon Mark Mitchell, Minister of Defence

New Zealand’s Defence Force will receive a $406 million boost in operating funding over four years and $576 million in capital as part of Budget 2017, says Defence Minister Mark Mitchell.

$10.2m to improve financial capability of young New Zealanders
Hon Jacqui Dean, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs

Budget 2017 is investing $10.2 million of operating funding over the next four years for initiatives to improve the financial capability of young New Zealanders, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Jacqui Dean says.

$4.5m to explore census transformation
Hon Scott Simpson, Minister of Statistics

$4.5 million of new operating funding over the next three years will allow Stats NZ to explore new ways of obtaining and providing census information without the expense and inconvenience to New Zealanders of a full five-year census, Statistics Minister Scott Simpson says.

$28m boost for whānau-centred initiatives
Hon Te Ururoa Flavell, Minister for Whānau Ora

More whānau will get access to Whānau Ora support across the country with the injection of $10 million of new operating funding over four years in this year’s Budget, Whānau Ora Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says.

$21m boost for Māori language and culture
Hon Te Ururoa Flavell, Minister for Māori Development

Budget 2017 will provide an extra $21 million of operating funding for Māori language initiatives to support the continued revitalisation of te reo and Māori culture, Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says.

More jobs in Māori tourism and regions
Hon Te Ururoa Flavell, Minister for Māori Development

Māori tourism operators will be able to create new employment opportunities for whānau with $10 million of operating funding over four years in this year’s Budget, Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says.

Māori Land Service to support land owners
Hon Te Ururoa Flavell, Minister for Māori Development

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says $31 million of funding will be dedicated to establish phase one of the Māori Land Service.

Budget 2017 invests $3.4m in Pitt Island Wharf
Hon Peter Dunne, Minister of Internal Affairs

The Government is investing $3.4 million of new operating funding over the next four years in Budget 2017 to complete works for the Pitt Island Wharf resilience programme on the Chatham Islands.
 

Pre-Budget announcements

18 May 2017 • Budget 2017: Irrigation investment to better manage fresh water
Hon Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries

Additional grant funding of $26.7 million over the next three years plus a capital boost of $63 million towards irrigation investments in Budget 2017 will deliver economic and environmental benefits through better use of water, says Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

17 May 2017 • Budget 2017: $5.2m to fund more teachers in priority subjects
Hon Nikki Kaye, Minister of Education

Education Minister Nikki Kaye has announced that Budget 2017 will commit $5.2 million of operating funding over the next four years to expand the innovative teacher training programme, Teach First NZ, to provide places for a further 90 participants.

16 May 2017 • Budget 2017: $21m to Battle for our Birds
Hon Maggie Barry, Minister of Conservation

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says DOC will fight this year’s beech forest mast year increase in rat and stoat numbers with a $21.3 million war chest from Budget 2017 for the Battle for our Birds control campaign.

15 May 2017 • Budget 2017: $10.1 million to preserve New Zealand’s documentary heritage
Hon Peter Dunne, Minister of Internal Affairs

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $8 million of operating funding over the next two years and $2.1 million of capital funding in the next year in Budget 2017 to safeguard New Zealand’s heritage collections and record of Government.

14 May 2017 • Budget 2017: Double crewing for road ambulance
Hon Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health, Hon Michael Woodhouse, Minister for ACC, and Hon Peter Dunne, Associate Minister of Health

Budget 2017 invests an additional $59.2 million over four years to ensure all road ambulance call outs are double crewed, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne and ACC Minister Michael Woodhouse say.

12 May 2017 • Budget 2017: $303.9m for New Zealand Screen grants
Hon Simon Bridges, Minister for Economic Development, and Hon Maggie Barry, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage

Budget 2017 will see $303.9 million allocated to support the continuation of the New Zealand screen industry production grants, both globally and domestically, say Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry.

11 May 2017 • Budget 2017: $178m package for tourism infrastructure
Hon Paula Bennett, Minister of Tourism

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett has today announced a new $102 million Tourism Infrastructure Fund which has been launched alongside $76 million in new funding for our most important tourism asset, the DOC Estate.

11 May 2017 • Budget 2017: $76m for DOC tourism infrastructure
Hon Maggie Barry, Minister of Conservation

The Government will invest $76 million through Budget 2017 on new and upgraded tourism infrastructure for the Department of Conservation as part of a $178 million tourism infrastructure package, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

10 May 2017 • Budget 2017: $74.6m to further grow business R&D
Hon Paul Goldsmith, Minister of Science and Innovation

Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith has today announced an additional $74.6 million in funding through the Innovative New Zealand programme in Budget 2017 to meet the growing demand for Callaghan Innovation’s research and development (R&D) Growth Grants.

8 May 2017 • Budget 2017: $27m for marae and Māori housing
Hon Te Ururoa Flavell, Minister for Māori Development

The special significance of marae to Māori and communities is being acknowledged in this year’s Budget with $10 million over four years allocated to help repair and restore whare and revitalise the paepae, building resilience of those charged with maintaining the protocols of marae, says Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell.

7 May 2017 • Budget 2017: $60 million more for Pharmac
Hon Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health

Budget 2017 invests an extra $60 million over four years to enable Pharmac to provide more New Zealanders with access to new medicines, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says.

3 May 2017 • Pre-Budget Speech
Rt Hon Bill English, Prime Minister

New Zealand has an enviable international reputation. We are known for our lifestyle, safe and friendly communities and a clean and green environment. And we have one of the best-performing economies in the developed world, underpinned by the Government’s wide-ranging and sensible economic plan. A growing economy and strong government accounts give us choices we didn’t have just a few years ago.

3 May 2017 • Smarter public investment and services to improve lives
Rt Hon Bill English, Prime Minister
Prime Minister Bill English has announced challenging new targets for the public service to ensure it continues to improve the lives of New Zealanders, as well as $321 million in funding for social investment initiatives to help our most vulnerable.

3 May 2017 • Budget 2017: $321m Social Investment package
Hon Amy Adams, Minister Responsible for Social Investment

Budget 2017 will include a $321 million Social Investment Package with 14 initiatives designed to help our most vulnerable to improve their circumstances, Social Investment Minister Amy Adams says.

3 May 2017 • Budget 2017: $68.8m support for vulnerable children
Hon Anne Tolley, Minister for Children, and Hon Nikki Kaye, Minister of Education
Budget 2017 invests an extra $68.8 million over four years to support vulnerable children and their families, say Minister for Children Anne Tolley and Education Minister Nikki Kaye.

27 April 2017 • Pre-Budget Speech 2017 to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce
Hon Steven Joyce, Minister of Finance

Budget 2017 is now just under one month away and preparations are continuing. I have four key areas I am thinking about in getting ready for this year’s Budget.

27 April 2017 • Budget funds crucial South Island Transport link
Hon Simon Bridges, Minister of Transport

Minister of Transport Simon Bridges announced today that Budget 2017 will provide up to $812 million for reinstating State Highway 1 between Picton and Christchurch.

8 February 2017 • 2017 Budget to be presented on 25 May
Hon Steven Joyce, Minister of Finance
The Government's 2017 Budget will be delivered on Thursday 25 May, and will be centred on providing opportunities for all Kiwis to get ahead, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says.