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5  Notes on Initiatives (A-C)

Additional Equity for Crown Asset Management Limited

Estimates Vote 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 Capital
Vol.5 Finance - - - - - 2.500

This additional equity will provide for increased costs that may be incurred by Crown Asset Management Limited for the disposal of its remaining assets.

Ambulance Services - Additional Support

Estimates Vote 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 Capital
Vol.6 Health  - 8.571 11.571 14.571 17.571  -

This funding will support the delivery of ambulance services, in partnership with the Accident Compensation Corporation. It will support a new funding arrangement for road ambulance services and ambulance communications centres. It will maintain air ambulance services as they face significant increases in demand. The initiative is expected to eliminate single crewing from road ambulances, where ambulances are crewed by one person, which will improve patient outcomes and paramedic health and safety.

Antarctic Science Platform - Strategic Science Investment Fund

Estimates Vote 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 Capital
Vol.1 Business, Science and Innovation  -  - 7.000 7.000 7.000  -

This funding will support a platform for excellent, high-impact Antarctic science through the Strategic Science Investment Fund. A stable funding environment will safeguard the strategic benefits of New Zealand's scientific activity in Antarctica, and increase New Zealand's ability to commit to international research collaborations and leverage resources from other countries. The funding will help meet new science needs in the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area and deliver on the Antarctica and Southern Ocean Science Strategy 2010-2020.

Antarctica New Zealand - Accommodating National Antarctic Programmes in Christchurch

Estimates Vote 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 Capital
Vol.4 Foreign Affairs and Trade  - 0.850 0.850 0.850 0.900  -

This funding will provide office accommodation to National Antarctic Programmes based in Christchurch, including the US Antarctic Programme, as part of New Zealand's contribution to a joint logistics pool for Antarctic research.

Antarctica New Zealand - Future Redevelopment of Scott Base

Estimates Vote 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 Capital
Vol.4 Foreign Affairs and Trade  - 1.200 0.940  -  - 4.000

This funding will enable the preparation of a robust building design and project implementation plan to redevelop Scott Base when the present facility reaches the end of its functional life.

Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism - Implementation of Phase II

Estimates Vote 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 Capital
Vol.7 Justice  - 1.286 1.635 0.430 0.250  -
Vol.8 Internal Affairs  - 7.649 9.663 9.459 9.862 2.090

This funding will facilitate the implementation and ongoing operation of Phase II of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism reforms.

Auckland City Rail Link

Estimates Vote 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 Capital
Vol.1 Transport  - 1.000 1.000 1.000 1.000 436.000

This funding will begin the Crown's 50% share of the cost of the Auckland City Rail Link. The Auckland City Rail Link is an underground rail line from Britomart station to the existing western line at Mt Eden. The project will double the capacity of the Auckland Metro Rail network and provide significant travel time savings for commuters.

Base-Erosion Profit Shifting

Estimates Vote 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 Capital
Vol.5 Revenue  - - (50.000) (100.000) (100.000)  -

This revenue reflects a number of measures relating to the taxation of multi-national companies operating in New Zealand. There may be additional tax forecast adjustments as the details of the Base Erosion Profit Shifting reforms are developed.

Battle for Our Birds 2017

Estimates Vote 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 Capital
Vol.3 Conservation 21.316  -  -  -  -  -

This funding will provide additional pest control in regions where the populations of possums, rats and stoats are expected to spike due to an abnormally heavy seeding event.

Benefits for Recent Migrants - Tightening Access

Estimates Vote 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 Capital
Vol.10 Social Development - 0.406 (4.204) (8.583) (11.887) -

This funding will extend the minimum residency period for accessing a main benefit from two years to three years and align the residency requirements for partners of beneficiaries with single applicants so that they must also meet a minimum three year residency period before they are eligible for a share of their partner's benefit.

Biosecurity 2025 - Protecting to Grow New Zealand

Estimates Vote 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 Capital
Vol.9 Primary Industries and Food Safety  - 4.916 4.815 4.315 4.315  -

This funding will help to futureproof the biosecurity system by strengthening our ability to manage biosecurity risk off-shore so fewer pests and diseases make it to New Zealand, engaging all citizens and businesses to play a part in biosecurity on-shore and driving more rapid uptake of innovative technology to improve risk management.

Board of Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation - Funding to Maintain Governance

Estimates Vote 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 Capital
Vol.5 Finance  - 0.200 0.200 0.200 0.200  -

The funding will address increases in the costs incurred by the Board of Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation. These relate primarily to increases in Board fees and Board travel costs.

Boosting Primary Industry and Food Export Value

Estimates Vote 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 Capital
Vol.9 Primary Industries and Food Safety  - 7.286 8.794 9.625 9.625  -

This funding will enable the acceleration of work on priority non-tariff barriers and maintain New Zealand's existing trade interests, support primary sector exporters to navigate international regulatory requirements; and strengthen information and analysis to help primary sector exporters identify and act on market opportunities.

Burglary Prevention and Reduction Services

Estimates Vote 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 Capital
Vol.7 Justice  - 3.463 6.102 9.826 13.552  -

This funding will provide high quality services to prevent re-offending and support the re-integration of those with a history of burglary and property offending. The funding will also provide services to victims of burglary to decrease the chances of re-victimisation.

Care and Support Workers Pay Equity Settlement Agreement

Estimates Vote 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 Capital
Vol.6 Health - 303.000 348.000 377.000 356.000  -
Vol.1 Labour Market - 44.900 41.000 35.600 35.500 -

This funding will provide for the pay equity settlement for workers in the care and support sector.

Careers New Zealand Integration into the Tertiary Education Commission

Estimates Vote 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 Capital
Vol.2 Tertiary Education  (4.000) 4.000  -  -  -  -

This funding will contribute to the costs of integrating Careers New Zealand into the Tertiary Education Commission. Both organisations have existing capital plans and critical business initiatives that mean the transition requires additional specialist resource and funding. Reprioritisation has occurred but a funding shortfall remains.

Caregiver Support Package

Estimates Vote 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 Capital
Vol.10 Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki  - 7.545 15.480 1.895 1.440  -

This funding will allow the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, to test new approaches to supporting caregivers so they can build and maintain safe, loving, and stable relationships with the vulnerable children and young people in their care. Approaches to be trialled include enhanced recruitment methods to build a more diverse pool of caregivers, more targeted training in how to care for children with complex needs, a 24/7 helpline, and more responsive assistance and support for caregivers.

Census Transformation to 2020 - Exploring New Ways to Deliver Census Information

Estimates Vote 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 Capital
Vol.8 Statistics  - 1.640 1.400 1.420  -  -

This funding will deliver a comprehensive understanding of the ability to provide census-type information from existing data. This initiative will develop and test new techniques, improve understanding of data needs, and publish experimental data.

Child Centred Feedback, Insights and Complaints Mechanism

Estimates Vote 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 Capital
Vol.10 Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki 0.150 1.600 1.250 1.250 1.250  -

This funding will enable people in contact with the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, to give feedback, share insights and raise concerns more easily, leading to improvements in services for children and their caregivers

Children's Commissioner - Statutory Advice and Increased Monitoring Coverage

Estimates Vote 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 Capital
Vol.10 Social Development  - 0.500  -  -  -  -

This funding will enable the Office of the Children's Commissioner to improve outcomes under its general statutory functions in 2017/18. The funding also includes increased independent monitoring to ensure the safety and wellbeing of young people in Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki residences.

Children's Teams - Ongoing Operations

Estimates Vote 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 Capital
Vol.10 Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki  - 1.818 7.888  -  -  -

This funding will continue the existing Children's Team approach in 10 District Health Board regions. It will fund the local Children's Team offices and information systems, The Hub and training. The Children's Team approach uses lead professionals to coordinate services and support for each child under its care.

Civil Aviation Authority - Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

Estimates Vote 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 Capital
Vol.1 Transport  - 0.835 0.716 0.734 0.761  -
Vol.1 Levy offset - (0.835) (0.716) (0.734) (0.761) -

This funding will allow the Civil Aviation Authority to deliver its delegated responsibility for health and safety at work functions for the civil aviation industry under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. This funding is provided from the Working Safer levy.

Community-Based Remand Placements and Increased Legal Representation for Young People

Estimates Vote 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 Capital
Vol.10 Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki  - 3.600 8.050  -  -  -

This funding will be used to trial and evaluate a range of community-based remand placements, ensuring that future investment is focused on the most effective options and supporting increased demand on the system. The funding will also be used to extend State-funded legal representation to young people whose alleged offending would carry a penalty of 10 years or more.

Contraceptive Services for Low-income Women

Estimates Vote 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 Capital
Vol.6 Health  - 1.500 4.000 6.000 6.000  -

This funding will be used to provide free access to contraceptive consultations (including free insertion and removal of long acting reversible contraceptives) for low-income women. It will also fund improved contraceptive counselling and rates of prescribing through the development of guidelines and training for primary care providers.

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