Same old tax and spend from Labour

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Labours tax and spend plan released today is the Oppositions usual approach to public finances, Finance Minister Bill English says. Read more »

Labour’s alternative Budget for strong economy, fair society

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

A Labour Government will run surpluses while investing in health and education, and paying off National’s record debt, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Read more »

Govt tricky on real cost of asset sales

Press Release – Green Party

The true costs of the Governments asset sales are over $640 million, more than five times the $120.6 million National is claiming today, Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman said. Read more »

Treasury comes in below budget for asset sale costs

Article – BusinessDesk

June 20 (BusinessDesk) – The Treasury came in below budget for its costs in running the government’s asset sales programme. Read more »

GPS opportunity for next century transport policy

Press Release – NZ Council for Infrastructure Development

The draft 2015 Government Policy Statement reaffirms the Governments commitment to transport investment and will continue the countrys progress towards an internationally competitive transport system. But one cant help but wonder whether an opportunity … Read more »

Government’s transport vision riddled with blind spots

Press Release – Generation Zero

The draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport Funding released yesterday continues an unhealthy motorway obsession and shows the Government is neither taking climate change seriously nor listening to what the public wants, says youth organisation … Read more »

Royal visit was four years travel for Governor General

Press Release – Republic Of New Zealand Party

New Zealand Republic is disputing the cost of hosting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge saying “the money spent for a ten day visit would be better spent on the Governor-General’s increasing travel costs”. Read more »

Health Ministry’s Prior Assurances Prove to Be Baseless

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

The admission today by the Ministry of Health that they did nothing about a tipoff about financial Irregularities at Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau is appalling, says New Zealand First. Read more »

The Regions Matter – Give Them a Share of Royalties

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

The West Coast is reeling today from more job losses, and the National Governments total neglect of the regions means there is nothing to soften the blow, says New Zealand First. Read more »

Government Finance Statistics: Year ended June 2013

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

In the year ended June 2013: Central government net operating deficit reduced to $0.6 billion. Total revenue increased 4.4 percent. Expenses increased 0.8 percent. Net borrowing fell to $2.2 billion. Net worth totalled $60.6 … Read more »

Treasury: Financial Statements of the Govt ending 30 April

Press Release – New Zealand Treasury

Please click to read the Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the ten months ended 30 April 2014. These statements are compared against forecasts based on the Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU), released on 17 December … Read more »

NZ govt operating deficit smaller than Budget forecast

Article – BusinessDesk

June 6 (BusinessDesk) – The government posted a smaller operating deficit than expected in last month’s Budget forecast as an underspend in April offset a lagging GST tax-take. Read more »

Treasury Release : May 2014 Monthly Economic Indicators

Press Release – New Zealand Treasury

Mays data releases showed strong demand confirming the continuation of economic momentum. The labour market continued to improve in the March quarter, with strong jobs growth and an expansion of the labour force, resulting in a steady unemployment … Read more »

Formal Request for Inquiry: Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Trust

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters has written to the Auditor-General today requesting an inquiry into Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Trust. Read more »

$1m to improve special education transport

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Associate Minister of Education Nikki Kaye today released recommendations to improve Special Education School Transport Assistance (SESTA). Read more »

Review of govt science spend a great idea

Press Release – Employers And Manufacturers Association

The review of New Zealand’s science investment announced today is an excellent initiative, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says. Read more »

Irrigation industry pushes pollution subsidy

Press Release – Fish and Game New Zealand

Fish & Game says Irrigation NZs scaremongering about nitrogen leaching limits should be seen for what it is a push for a pollution subsidy. Read more »

Govt debt takes off

Press Release – Democrats for Social Credit

Kiwis must not be fooled by the tiny budget surplus into believing the economy is back on track: its merely a face-saving sleight of hand by the Finance Minister who has promised much, but failed to deliver according to Stephnie de Ruyter, … Read more »

Funding for food and wine tourism ‘cluster’

Press Release – Auckland Airport

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) announced today that Auckland Airport is to be a recipient of the Tourism Growth Partnership Fund for its retail and tourism cluster project to accelerate high value tourism growth out of … Read more »

Q + A Episode 11: David Parker interviewed by Corin Dann

Press Release – TVNZ

Well joining me now is Labour’s Finance Spokesman David Parker. Youve been listening to that interview with Bill English. I want to start first on the issue of spending. If we could talk about spending as a percentage of the entire economy. Read more »

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