Welcome from Gabriel Makhlouf, Secretary to the Treasury
Page updated 14 Dec 2012
Welcome to the website of the New Zealand Treasury.
As the Government’s lead advisor on economic, financial and regulatory policy, Treasury holds a unique position of responsibility and influence in the New Zealand public sector. Our vision is to help achieve higher living standards for New Zealanders by successfully managing a range of economic, financial and social factors. See Higher Living Standards.
In recent times we have been working towards this vision in extraordinary circumstances. New Zealand has been experiencing difficult economic conditions as a deep ongoing global recession has coincided with a protracted domestic recession. That has meant facing challenges and thinking about issues in ways that we haven’t had to for 70 years.
At the same time, the Government has set out new priorities and different performance expectations. Ministers are looking for the Treasury to take a lead in improving state sector performance, acting as a catalyst to achieve better quality advice and services across the public sector.
The new economic and political landscape reinforces the importance of the three key outcomes that the Treasury works towards to strengthen the economy and raise living standards: economic growth, macroeconomic stability and state sector performance. It is critical that we continue to advise effectively on policies and strategies that matter for New Zealand’s long-term economic performance. We need to help maintain a stable and sustainable economy and drive a performance by the state sector that reflects financial realities and delivers on the Government’s objectives of smarter, better public services for less.
We also need to keep an open mind about the solutions to the challenges of the day, involve other people and organisations, and share our thinking. Through this website, we aim to make our work more accessible to everyone who has an interest in what we do. You will find resources on various aspects of our work, including information on the Budget, the New Zealand economy, the state sector, and the full range of Treasury publications.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need more information or would like to provide some feedback on the site.
In the meantime, I hope you find this website a valuable "window on the world" of the New Zealand Treasury.
Chief Executive and Secretary to the Treasury
Find out more
See our Executive Leadership Team profile: tsy-leaders-hls-dec12.pdf (436 KB) for an overview of how our work contributes to higher living standards for New Zealanders.
To find out more about how we are changing our approach to meet today’s challenges, see the speech The Changing Face of Treasury.
For a summary of our performance over the last year, see the Annual Report of the Treasury for the Year Ended 30 June 2012.