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Vote Business, Science and Innovation

APPROPRIATION MINISTER(S): Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (M13), Minister of Conservation (M16), Minister for Economic Development (M25), Minister of Energy and Resources (M28), Minister for Maori Development (M46), Minister of State Services (M66), Minister of Tourism (M69), Minister of Science and Innovation (M84), Minister for Communications (M88)

APPROPRIATION ADMINISTRATOR: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

RESPONSIBLE MINISTER FOR MINISTRY OF BUSINESS, INNOVATION AND EMPLOYMENT: Minister for Economic Development

Overview of the Vote

Eight Ministers are responsible for appropriations in this Vote.

The Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs is responsible for appropriations of:

  • just under $75 million for the development and delivery of consumer information, the protection of intellectual property rights, the administration of bankruptcies and liquidations, the registration and provision of statutory information from business registers, the enforcement of trading standards and proceeds of crime provisions, and the development and provision of access to standards
  • just under $40 million to the Commerce Commission and $28 million to the Financial Markets Authority to perform their statutory functions (excluding those related to telecommunications)
  • just under $12 million to the Commission for Financial Capability, the External Reporting Board, and the Takeovers Panel to perform their statutory functions.

The Minister for Communications is responsible for appropriations of:

  • just over $207 million in capital investment in broadband, including ultrafast broadband
  • just under $11 million to manage New Zealand's radio spectrum, including international membership fees, and for capital investment telecommunications services
  • $6 million for the cost of the Commerce Commission to enforce regulated telecommunications services and to undertake specific regulatory functions
  • just under $5 million, in emergency telecommunications services and the upgrading of emergency telecommunications capability
  • just over $4 million for the purchase of deaf relay services, for subsidised equipment for hearing and speech impaired people, and costs related to access to the telecommunications relay service.

The Minister for Communications is also responsible for just over $62 million of non-tax revenue in 2016/17 as follows:

  • $50 million from the Telecommunications Development Levy
  • $6 million from the Telecommunications Levy (Regulatory)
  • just over $46 million from Radio Spectrum fees.

The Minister for Economic Development is responsible for appropriations of:

  • just under $204 million for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise to grow companies internationally, and to achieve an increase of management capability in New Zealand
  • just under $33 million for screen productions that are internationally focused and produced in New Zealand
  • just over $96 million for capital investment in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
  • just over $19 million for improvements in public sector procurement and services to business
  • $13 million to support major events that provide economic, social, cultural and international profiling benefits
  • $11 million for regional economic development
  • just under $8 million for capital investments in the early stage equity finance markets and in offshore market development assistance to business
  • $2.4 million for the validation stage of the Opotiki Harbour development project
  • $2 million for the depreciation on Auckland's Queens Wharf
  • $790,000 for subscriptions to international organisations.

In addition, the Minister of Economic Development has overall responsibility for appropriations of:

  • just over $53 million to provide policy advice and related services to the Minister for Economic Development, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Minister for Communications, Minister of Energy and Resources, Minister of Science and Innovation, Minister for Small Business, and the Minister of Tourism
  • just over $5 million to support data analysis relating to the Economic Development and Tourism portfolios.

Within this Vote, the Minister of State Services has responsibility for an appropriation of just under $3 million to provide leadership, guidance and support, monitoring and brokerage in respect of property management within the State Sector.

The Minister of Energy and Resources is responsible for appropriations of:

  • just under $32 million for modelling and analysis to support energy and resources sector policy advice, the management of the Crown mineral estate, the administration of the fuel quality monitoring programme (which is an industry levy funded activity), the acquisition and analysis of seismic information relating to minerals, petroleum and geothermal resources, and the management and funding of New Zealand's oil stocks obligations to the International Energy Agency
  • just over $83 million for the Electricity Authority's work in regulating the electricity system, securing reserve energy supplies, ensuring that the Authority is able to participate in litigation effectively, management and monitoring of responsibilities in the event of an emerging electricity security situation, running an emergency conservation campaign, and for international membership fees
  • just over $30 million for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority's work in promoting energy efficiency, and a total of $2 million of capital expenditure for the Crown loans scheme to assist public sector agencies to implement energy efficiency projects
  • just over $12 million to continue the Warm Up New Zealand initiative.

The Minister of Energy and Resources is also responsible for just under $305 million of tax and non-tax revenue in 2016/17 as follows:

  • just under $178 million from petroleum and other Crown mineral royalties
  • $94 million in levies from the Electricity Industry
  • just under $31 million from coal and gas energy resource levies
  • $2 million from repayment of energy efficiency loans.

The Minister of Science and Innovation is responsible for appropriations of:

  • just over $250 million for the Strategic Investment Fund to support long-term programmes of mission-led science, and the platforms that enable them, to contribute to the economy, environment and well being
  • just over $198 million in 2016/17 for Research and Development Growth Grants, Targeted Business Research and Development Funding (both multi-year appropriations), and Repayable Grants for Start-Ups, to co-fund private businesses for investment, research, development projects, and funding for students to work in research and development active businesses
  • just over $183 million for the Contestable Research Fund to invest in the highest quality, mission-led research proposals for areas of future growth and critical need
  • just over $124 million for the Partnered Research Fund to achieve greater connections between researchers and end-users, and the Health Research Fund to achieve an improvement in health and well-being through health research
  • just over $102 million in 2016/17 for National Science Challenges (a multi-year appropriation) to fund research projects to address pressing issues of national significance
  • just under $68 million to allow Callaghan Innovation to support businesses to successfully develop new and improved products, processes and services through research and development, and technology-driven innovation
  • just under $58 million for the Marsden Fund for excellent fundamental research
  • just over $27 million for Contract Management to allocate funds and manage contracts for science, research and technology
  • just over $26 million for Talent and Science Promotion for engagement between scientists and the public by contributing to the development of talented, skilled individuals and their organisations, and in undertaking research and innovation
  • just under $13 million to achieve improved international flows of people, ideas, investment and trade through support of international research relationships
  • just under $6 million to meet the needs for traceable physical measurements.

Total new funding in Science and Innovation from the Innovative New Zealand package is $413.800 million over four years, beginning in 2016/17. This will grow total expenditure in Science and Innovation in this Vote to $1,100 million in four years time.

The Minister of Tourism is responsible for appropriations of:

  • just over $117 million for the promotion of New Zealand to key overseas markets as a visitor and business destination
  • just under $29 million for the funding of New Zealand Tourism Facilities.

The Minister for Maori Development is responsible for one appropriation in this Vote of just under $5 million for the Maori Innovation Fund.

Details of these appropriations are set out in Parts 2-4.

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