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Wellbeing Budget 2019

The Wellbeing Budget on 30 May is about tackling New Zealand’s long-term challenges. It does this by focussing on five priorities:

  • Taking mental health seriously
  • Improving child wellbeing
  • Supporting Maori & Pasifika aspirations
  • Building a productive nation
  • Transforming the economy

For more information about these priorities, see the Budget Policy Statement.

Budget announcements:

Wellbeing Budget tackles New Zealand’s long-term challenges - Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand's first Wellbeing Budget - Hon Grant Robertson

Taking mental health seriously 

Improving child wellbeing

Supporting Māori and Pasifika aspirations

Building a productive nation

Transforming the economy

In the lead up to budget day, Ministers made a number of pre-Budget announcements that highlight initiatives that tackle long-term challenges and improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders.

Pre-Budget announcements:

Thousands more teachers for schools - Hon Chris Hipkins

Stats Minister confirms funding for Census fix - Hon James Shaw

Government invests in clean energy centre to help power New Zealand's economy - Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Hon Megan Woods

A whānau-centred pathway to break the cycle of Māori reoffending - Hon Kelvin Davis

More than 1,000 homeless to be housed through Budget 2019 - Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Hon Phil Twyford 

Removal of fees and a stronger NCEA - Hon Chris Hipkins

Supporting working women with pay equity: next steps - Hon Iain Lees-Galloway

Wellbeing Budget to tackle long-term challenges - Hon Grant Robertson

Creating a sustainable forestry sector - Hon Shane Jones

Racing betting levy repealed - Rt Hon Winston Peters

Wellbeing Budget supports new rheumatic fever initiative - Hon Jenny Salesa

Breaking the cycle of family and sexual violence - Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Jan Logie

Securing the future of ambulance services - Rt Hon Winston Peters, Hon Dr David Clark

Wellbeing Budget to boost support for ethnic communities  - Hon Jenny Salesa

Delivering for Māori and the whenua - Hon Nanaia Mahuta

Work begins to drop public transport fares for low income households - Hon Julie Anne Genter

New service for young people leaving care - Hon Tracey Martin