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5  Notes on Initiatives (A-C)

2017 General Election

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 7 Justice  - 4.642 19.948  -  -  -

This funding will enable the Electoral Commission to meet its statutory objectives and fully discharge its legislative mandate to manage the New Zealand Electoral system and conduct a General Election in 2017.

Accelerated Regional Road Package

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 1 Transport  -  -  -  -  - 115.000

This funding is for the second tranche of the Accelerated Regional Road Package. Tranche two projects have been assessed by the New Zealand Transport Agency and this funding is for four of these projects: Motu Bridge Replacement, Opawa Bridge Replacement, Awakino Tunnel Bypass and Mt Messenger Bypass. Funding for tranche one projects was provided in Budget 2015. The total government commitment to this package is $212 million.

Accelerators Programme

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 1 Business, Science and Innovation  - 0.750 0.750 0.750 0.750  -

This funding will continue the Accelerators Programme, which supports the rapid formation of early-stage information technology and digital start-ups. The programme provides mentors, business assistance, pitch training, technical assistance and access to investor networks, in support of the participating firms.

Accident Compensation Corporation - Support for Non-earners

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 1 Labour Market  - 26.400  -  -  -  -

This funding will help the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) provide services and support that assist people who are not in paid employment to avoid and recover from injury. It responds to increased demand arising from expected growth in the non-earners' population. This initiative will increase ACC's funding to about $1.23 billion for non-earners in 2016/17, which includes funding for support that will be provided in future years to injured people who need long-term assistance.

Ambulance Services - Additional Support

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 6 Health  - 3.711 3.711 3.711 3.711  -

This funding will support the continuation of emergency services, such as air and road ambulances and ambulance communication centres.

Annual General Adjustment - Removing the Need for Additional Annual Decision Making

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 10 Social Development 0.224 0.754 0.702 0.721 0.738  -

This funding enables the removal of the need for additional annual decision making on income thresholds by creating new superannuitant-specific income thresholds that can be adjusted as necessary as part of the normal Annual General Adjustment (AGA) process.

Annual Maximum Fee Movement for 2017 and 2018

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 5 Revenue  -  1.516 2.971 3.262 3.380  -

This funding provides for an Annual Maximum Fee Movement (the amount tertiary education organisations can increase their domestic fees) of 2% for 2017 and 2018. A 2% increase balances providers' need for flexibility to meet costs and affordability for students, while reflecting the historically low inflation environment in New Zealand. Note that this initiative has not been counted against the operating allowance as the initiative is expected to be broadly fiscally neutral over time.

Antarctica New Zealand - Logistics Support and Related Activity

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 4 Foreign Affairs and Trade  - 3.035 4.179 4.635 4.896  -

This funding will sustain Antarctica New Zealand's provision of logistics support and related services, which is used to facilitate research undertaken within the Government's science priorities for Antarctica.

Anti-money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 - Support for Legislative Changes

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 7 Police  - 1.000 1.800 1.800 1.800  -

This funding will allow the New Zealand Police to comply with new provisions in the Anti-money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009, following the passing of the Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Legislation Bill in November 2015.

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank - Membership

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 5 Finance  -  -  -  -  - 144.466

This funding will provide for New Zealand's subscription, as a founding member and following recent ratification of relevant Articles of Agreement, to the newly-created Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The AIIB is a Chinese-initiated multilateral investment bank aimed at addressing the significant gap in infrastructure investment across Asia. Membership will deepen New Zealand's connectivity to the region, complementing its involvement in the regional economic architecture, bilateral links and Free Trade Agreement network with Asia.

Assistive Technology - Increasing Access

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 2 Education  - 0.300 0.350 0.400 0.400  -

This funding will provide for the increase in demand for Assistive Technology. Assistive Technology is the specialised equipment and technology that students with special education needs use to participate and learn in class.

Attracting International Screen Productions to New Zealand

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 1 Business, Science and Innovation  - 1.000 1.000 1.000 1.000  -

This funding will enable the New Zealand Film Commission to continue activities to promote and market New Zealand as an international screen production destination and to provide specialist screen business services and information to international and domestic clients and agencies within the industry.

Auckland Vacant or Underutilised Crown Land Programme - Land Acquisition

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 10 Building and Housing  -  -  -  -  - 100.000

This funding will provide for the continuation of the Auckland Vacant or Underutilised Crown Land Programme, which aims to facilitate housing development to help address the housing shortage in Auckland. A capital injection is required to allow the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to acquire land for development.

Aviation Security Service Funding for Baggage Screening

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 1 Transport  -  -  -  -  - 4.500

This funding will enable the Aviation Security Service to purchase baggage screening equipment.

Battle for Our Birds

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 3 Conservation 20.690  -  -  -  -  -

Recent climate patterns led to an increase in beech tree flowering in 2015. The ensuing beech seeds will feed rodents and lead to a rapid population growth in pests, requiring immediate pest control work. This funding will provide a targeted pest control programme across forests in 2016 where there is significant likelihood of extinction or serious decline of threatened species.

Better Public Services Result 1 - Reducing Long-term Welfare Dependence

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 10 Social Development  - 14.651 14.566 14.566 6.500  -

This funding will support the Government to achieve the target of reducing long-term welfare dependency. This initiative is comprised of a number of activities, most of which aim to help the Government better understand how to work with complex clients who have high barriers to employment, generally due to mental or physical incapacities. The main outcomes from this initiative are to learn more about the employment barriers faced by complex clients. The Ministry of Social Development will work alongside agencies including District Health Boards and the Department of Corrections to support the achievement of the target.

Border Sector - Improving Efficiency and Effectiveness

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 4 Customs  - 9.564 8.036 5.681 5.681 1.520
Vol. 9 Primary Industries and Food Safety  - 1.557 1.734  -  -  -

This funding will provide for a pilot of new processes for trusted travellers and traders at the border; as well as increased resources to support the implementation of the changes to the Customs and Excise Act 1996, including better engagement with business; and increased sampling across Customs' border activities to improve the information base used for risk targeting.

Business Tax Package

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 5 Revenue  - 56.400 84.400 10.300 34.300 2.000

This package of tax policy proposals will collectively reduce compliance costs and make tax simpler - especially for small businesses - while still maintaining New Zealand's broad-base, low-rate framework.

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority - Unspent Funds

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Supps Canterbury Earthquake Recovery  -  (1.501) (18.367) (19.170) (20.048)  -

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority was disestablished on 18 April 2016 and appropriations in Vote Canterbury Earthquake Recovery were transferred to multiple Votes including: Vote Building and Housing, Vote Business, Science and Innovation, Vote Finance, Vote Health, Vote Lands and Vote Prime Minister and Cabinet. This initiative reflects the return of the remaining funding available in Vote Canterbury Earthquake Recovery to the centre. There is no Estimates of Appropriations 2016/17 for Vote Canterbury Earthquake Recovery.

Catalyst International Fund

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 1 Business, Science and Innovation  - 2.500 2.500 5.000 5.000  -

The Catalyst International Fund supports activities that initiate, develop and foster collaboration to leverage international science and innovation projects for New Zealand's benefit. Additional investment will help deepen the capacity of New Zealand's science system to engage internationally, and make a measurable contribution to our productivity and wellbeing through excellent science.

Child Protection Offenders Register - Support of Legislative Changes

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 7 Police  - 2.700 1.700 1.800 2.000  -

This funding is for the IT and associated development costs of establishing and running the Child Protection Offenders Register, and the operating and resource costs of managing the Register.

Child, Youth and Family - Increased Support

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 10 Social Development  - 35.376 36.062 36.715 36.715  -

This funding will allow the Ministry of Social Development to address inflationary pressures around personnel costs and address client demand pressures resulting from more children and young people in care.

Children's Action Plan - Financing Plan

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 10 Social Development  (0.500) 2.495 2.005  (2.000)  (2.000)  -

Children's Teams provide child-centred services to vulnerable children who do not require a statutory response but still need intensive cross-agency support. This funding will maintain current operations, enable the expansion of four current Children's Teams in Whangarei, Canterbury, Counties Manukau and Hamilton to their District Health Board boundaries, and allow for the evaluation of the Children's Action Plan.

It will also enable the Children's Teams in Hamilton, Canterbury and Counties Manukau to continue to use the Vulnerable Kids Information System (ViKI) and The Hub. ViKI draws together information from government agencies and frontline professionals to provide a comprehensive picture of a vulnerable child. The Hub is the first contact point to raise concerns about vulnerable children whose needs are not serious enough to contact Child, Youth and Family or the Police.

Christchurch Integrated Schools Building Strengthening

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 2 Education  - 6.000  -  -  -  -

This will establish a fund into which the 34 state-integrated schools in greater Christchurch can apply to earthquake strengthen their buildings.

Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 7 Justice  - 21.224 18.583  -  -  -
Vol. 7 Courts  - 4.232 11.905  -  -  -
Vol. 7 Police  - 0.675 4.050  -  -  -
Vol. 5 Prime Minister and Cabinet  - 0.040 0.040  -  -  -

This funding will cover the first two years of operating costs of the multi-agency Christchurch Justice and Emergency Services Precinct.

Christchurch Schools Rebuild

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 2 Education  - 1.254 8.886 15.264 15.264 127.790

This funding contributes to the $1.137 billion Christchurch Schools Rebuild programme as agreed to by Cabinet in 2013. This programme will construct 13 new schools, rebuild 10 schools on existing sites, fully redevelop 34 schools and partly redevelop 58 schools over the next 10 years.

Civil Legal Aid - Increasing Eligibility

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 7 Justice  - 1.899 3.804 5.753 5.753  -

This funding increases the eligibility criteria for legal aid in civil cases so that more New Zealanders on low incomes can have the assistance of a lawyer in civil court. The funding is phased in gradually from the 2016/17 year. From 2018/19, the funding is expected to deliver an estimated 2,700 additional legal aid grants per year.

Community Finance Scale-up from Pilot

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 10 Social Development  - 0.800 1.200 1.100 1.100  -

This funding is to contribute to a private-public partnership which helps people vulnerable to unsustainable debt or unable to access reputable finance. The funding allows low-income families to access safe and fair (low- and no-interest) loans that contribute to an increase in quality of life, education to improve their financial capability and development of work readiness. This initiative builds on the successful one-year pilot that was completed in August 2015.

Community Law Centres

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 7 Justice  - 0.523 1.316 1.221 1.221  -

This funding enables Community Law Centres to continue to provide access to justice services to people who lack sufficient means to pay for legal services independently.

Computer Emergency Response Team - Establishment

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 5 Prime Minister and Cabinet  - 5.128 4.977 4.934 4.934 2.187

This funding will provide for the establishment of a national Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) to improve cyber resilience and help reduce cybercrime. CERT will receive reports of cyber incidents, triage incidents, gather information and provide trusted advice and information to business, government and individuals about cyber threats, and steps to take to prevent or respond to them.

Core Trusted Government Domain

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 8 Internal Affairs  - 3.462 3.193 3.153 3.191 9.040

This funding will improve the public's digital experiences by making it easier to find and use New Zealand Government information, services and open data. Additional resources will further develop the citizen-centric Govt.nz domain and allow customers to move between government websites easily. Tools to support public consultation and improve advice to agencies on the minimum requirements for websites will also be developed.

Crown Property Disposal Fund

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 9 Lands  - 0.621 1.242 2.085 2.383  -

This funding will facilitate government agencies who work with Land Information New Zealand to release and dispose of surplus Crown property. The funding will remove cost barriers for agencies that are financially constrained in their ability to increase the volume of disposals above current levels.

Crown Prosecution Services - Sustainable Funding

Estimates Vote 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 Capital
Vol. 7 Attorney-General  - 4.922 4.922 4.922 4.922  -

This funding will increase resources for Crown prosecutors, addressing current and emerging risks to the sustainability of the national Crown prosecution service. This ensures offenders are held to account through high-quality Crown prosecutions and appeals.

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