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Budget 2008

Page updated 20 Jun 2008

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This is the home page for Budget 2008 for the Government of New Zealand.  Budget documents were released on Budget Day - 22 May 2008.

Budget Documents

The core Budget documents available on the Treasury web site are listed below. Most of these documents are tabled in Parliament by the Minister of Finance on Budget day.

Minister's Executive Summary
The Executive Summary is the overview of all the Budget information and contains the key points for the media and general public. It summarises the Government's spending decisions and generally focuses on issues raised in the Budget Speech, Budget Economic and Fiscal Update and Fiscal Strategy Report.
Budget Speech
The Budget Speech is the Minister of Finance's speech at the start of Parliament's Budget debate. The Speech generally focuses on the overall fiscal and economic position, and how the Government will fund its policy priorities.
Fiscal Strategy Report
The Fiscal Strategy Report sets out the Government's fiscal strategy and measures how the Government is progressing against its overall goals in areas such as balancing operating revenues and expenses, and achieving debt objectives. It includes fiscal trends covering at least the next ten years, and a comparison with progress towards the long-term fiscal objectives set out in the Budget Policy Statement 2008.
Budget Economic and Fiscal Update 2008 (BEFU)
This document includes Treasury's overall economic forecasts and forecast financial statements of the Government. The Update includes the implications of government financial decisions and other information relevant to the fiscal and economic position. There is information available on this website that is not included in the printed documents.
Estimates of Appropriations for the Government of New Zealand for the Year Ending 30 June 2009
The Estimates outline the costs the Government plans to incur on each specified area within each "vote" for the coming year.
Information Supporting the Estimates of Appropriations for the Government of New Zealand for the Year Ending 30 June 2009
The Information Supporting the Estimates includes performance information for each "vote" and forecast financial statements of departments that administer those Votes and references to the Statements of Intent of those departments.
Supplementary Estimates of Appropriations and Supporting Information for the Government of New Zealand for the Year Ending 30 June 2008
The Supplementary Estimates and Supporting Information outline the additional money required to cover the current year's spending.

Ministers' Budget-Related Information

Material prepared by Ministers' offices and departments to explain some of the key Budget initiatives is available from the Beehive website's Budget 2008 page.  

The Treasury is hosting the Government's information pages relating to the Personal Tax Package announced in Budget 2008.

Treasury Budget-Related Information

Other material produced or published by the Treasury includes:

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