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National Identity: New funding in Budget 2007

$ millions, GST exclusive 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 4 yr total
New Zealand in the World3.4 149.4 194.5 266.5 337.1 947.5
Connecting to our heritage2.3 15.0 8.3 8.3 8.0 39.5
Reconciliation0.0 7.7 8.0 8.0 8.0 31.7
Other National Identity Initiatives(0.0)13.1 13.1 13.1 13.4 52.7
Total Operating 5.7 185.2 223.9 295.9 366.5 1,071.5
$ millions, GST exclusive 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 4 yr total
New Zealand in the world0.0 45.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 45.6
Other National Identity Initiatives4.0 1.0 (4.8)(3.4)(5.8)(13.1)
Total Capital 4.0 46.6 (4.8) (3.4) (5.8) 32.6

New Zealand in the world

The Government is strengthening the presence of New Zealand in the world through:

  • increasing New Zealand’s annual Official Development Assistance by $246 million (over and above existing funding) by 2010/11. This increase will bring New Zealand’s Overseas Development Assistance contribution to 0.35% of Gross National Income, allowing us to address further urgent Pacific and Asian development needs
  • continuing to meet our Defence operating funding pre-commitments by allocating the Defence Funding Package increment of $58 million per annum from 2007/08. This commitment contributes to the development of military and organisational capability
  • funding an increase in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade baselines of $105 million over four years to strengthen the Ministry’s overseas networks and increase its capability to deal with our international priorities
  • continuing the New Zealand Police’s contribution to the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands and the Solomon Islands Police Force
  • committing $3.6 million to fund the RV Tangaroa’s Ross Sea research expedition, contributing to New Zealand’s participation in International Polar Year activities and to biodiversity outcomes. Additional funding of $3 million over three years has been agreed for a Census of Antarctic Marine Life through Vote Fisheries, and $4.5 million over three years for a contestable science research fund to support the International Polar Year has been provided through Vote Research, Science and Technology.

Connecting to our heritage

Budget 2007 commits $8 million in operating funding and $200,000 capital funding over four years to the National Library of New Zealand to support the Government’s Digital Content Strategy. Key initiatives include:

  • providing expert information and advice relating to the creation, preservation and protection of New Zealand digital content (Digital New Zealand)
  • enhancing access through public library networks (People’s Network).

Budget 2007 meets the Government’s commitment to Vietnam Veterans and their families with a total of $16.5 million over the five-year period 2006/07 to 2010/11. This funding is in relation to the provision of a welcome home ceremony, medallic recognition and other initiatives around the health and well-being of veterans and their families.


Budget 2007 commits $35.6 million to Māori and Treaty-related initiatives. Key areas include:

  • enhancing the Māori Television Service ($20.1 million)
  • meeting the 2020 Waitangi Tribunal settlement deadline ($7.7 million)
  • increased operational funding for Iwi Māori Radio ($4 million)
  • meeting Treaty of Waitangi settlement objectives and improved implementation of settlements involving cultural redress ($4 million).

Further initiatives across the National Identity theme

Critical capability needs within National Identity agencies are being addressed through Budget 2007, which is providing:

  • $13.3 million to maintain Department of Conservation capability
  • around $2 million a year for the Ministry for Culture and Heritage to increase service delivery and enhance the value of its outputs
  • $5.1 million to enable Radio New Zealand to maintain core services
  • $8.1 million to maintain Archives New Zealand’s capability
  • $4 million for National Library capability.

In addition, the Government is investing $8 million in New Zealand On Air – to maintain services and develop appropriate programming for the emerging digital environment.

The Government is also providing $8 million to the Department of Conservation to prevent loss of biodiversity at nationally important freshwater sites through integrated management of pests.

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