Budget Speech 2019
Summary of Initiatives in Budget 2019
The Estimates of Appropriations for the Government of New Zealand for the Year Ending 30 June 2020
Summary Tables for the Estimates of Appropriations 2019/20
Supplementary Estimates of Appropriations for the Government of New Zealand for the Year Ending 30 June 2019
Summary Tables for the Supplementary Estimates of Appropriations 2018/19
We suspect few readers can spare the time required to exhaustively scrutinise a myriad of spending decisions and work out whose wellbeing is being better served than others.
But the Trough Monitor has been reactivated this week and almost immediately registered a bundle of post-Budget press statements by Ministers who are keen (we may presume) to let their constituents know about their generosity with our money.
Two of the statements draw attention to race-based spending intended to benefit specific ethnic communities.
Budget boosts Pacific-led wellbeing focus for Aotearoa
Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio let it be known the Wellbeing Budget has secured an unprecedented amount of new funding of over $113 million over four years to boost support for Pacific communities across New Zealand.
The intention is to achieve these communities’ vision “of a confident, thriving, resilient and prosperous Pacific Aotearoa through Pacific-led solutions in education, health, languages & cultural, economic and community wellbeing”.
Sio’s statement details a raft of ethnically directed spending decision, including $20 million over four years to establish a Pacific Language Unit, $11.2m over four years to grow the Pacific economy and support Pacific businesses, $2.6m aimed at supporting Pacific people into home ownership through financial capability services, and $1.4m to grow Pacific skills and leadership into the public sector.
Wellbeing Budget recognises the importance of Kōhanga Reo
Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis brayed about a $32 million provision in the Wellbeing Budget for kōhanga reo, to lift wages, allow volunteers to be paid, update ICT capacity, and fund a stock take and repairs of buildings.
Davis said the funding is a partial response to issues identified by the Waitangi Tribunal, who found in favour of a claim lodged by Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust (TKRNT) in 2011. The Crown has been working actively with TKRNT since 2017 to resolve these issues.
The focus of the funding is to address: