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Budget Policy Statement 2017

Building a more productive and competitive economy

The Business Growth Agenda is the Government's programme of work to build a more productive, confident and competitive economy that will deliver higher incomes and higher living standards for New Zealand. It is focused on six key inputs for businesses: skilled and safe workplaces, export markets, infrastructure, innovation, natural resources, and investment.

Budget 2017 will continue to support and add to this programme of work to ensure there is a supportive business environment for firms to invest, grow and create jobs.

The Government's Comprehensive Housing Plan is increasing the supply of new housing - particularly in high-growth areas of New Zealand. This is delivering results, with around 30,000 residential building consents issued in the past year.

At the same time, the Government is investing in better quality social housing and emergency housing for those in need.

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