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Pre-Budget 2019 recap

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.


The Wellbeing Budget 2019 will be officially released at 2pm 30 May. Check back at 2pm for the most up-to-date Budget information.


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

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

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


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Racing betting levy repealed – Rt Hon Winston Peters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


The Wellbeing Budget 2019 will be officially released at 2pm 30 May. Check back at 2pm for the most up-to-date Budget information.