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Pre-election Economic & Fiscal Update 2011

Statement of Accounting Policies

Significant Accounting Policies

These forecast financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies that are expected to be used in the comparable audited actual financial statements of the Government.

These forecast financial statements comply with generally accepted accounting practice (GAAP) as required by the Public Finance Act 1989 and have been prepared in accordance with Financial Reporting Standard 42: Prospective Financial Statements.

All forecasts use the accrual basis of accounting. Forecasts have been prepared for the consolidated financial statements of the government reporting entity, which includes all entities controlled by the Government (as defined by applicable financial reporting standards).

The specific accounting policies are reproduced in full on the Treasury's website at

Changes in Accounting Policies

All policies have been applied on a consistent basis during the forecast period. There have been no changes in accounting policies during the period.

Forecast Policies

These forecast financial statements have been prepared on the basis of the Treasury's best professional judgement.

Actual financial results for the periods covered are likely to vary from the information presented. Factors that may lead to a material difference between information in these forecast financial statements and the actual reported results in future years are set out in the chapter on Fiscal Risks on pages 57 to 74.

Key forecast assumptions used are set out on pages 33 to 36.

Government Reporting Entity as at 11 October 2011

These forecast financial statements are for the government reporting entity as specified in Part 3 of the Public Finance Act 1989. This comprises Ministers of the Crown and the following entities:

Core Crown


  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Building and Housing
  • Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority
  • Conservation
  • Corrections
  • Crown Law Office
  • Culture and Heritage
  • Defence
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Education Review Office
  • Environment
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Government Communications Security Bureau
  • Health
  • Inland Revenue
  • Internal Affairs
  • Justice
  • Labour
  • Land Information New Zealand
  • Maori Development
  • New Zealand Customs Service
  • New Zealand Defence Force
  • New Zealand Police
  • New Zealand Security Intelligence Service
  • Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives
  • Pacific Island Affairs
  • Parliamentary Counsel Office
  • Parliamentary Service
  • Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Science and Innovation
  • Serious Fraud Office
  • Social Development
  • State Services Commission
  • Statistics New Zealand
  • Transport
  • Treasury
  • Women's Affairs

Offices of Parliament

  • Controller and Auditor General
  • The Ombudsmen
  • Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment


  • New Zealand Superannuation Fund
  • Reserve Bank of New Zealand

State-owned enterprises

  • AMI Insurance Limited*
  • Air New Zealand Limited*
  • Airways Corporation of New Zealand Limited
  • Animal Control Products Limited
  • AsureQuality Limited
  • Electricity Corporation of New Zealand Limited
  • Genesis Power Limited
  • Kordia Group Limited
  • Landcorp Farming Limited
  • Learning Media Limited
  • Meridian Energy Limited
  • Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited
  • Mighty River Power Limited
  • New Zealand Post Limited
  • New Zealand Railways Corporation
  • Quotable Value Limited
  • Solid Energy New Zealand Limited
  • Terralink Limited (in liquidation)
  • Transpower New Zealand Limited

Subsidiaries of SOEs are consolidated by their parents and not listed separately in this table

* included for disclosure purposes as if they were an SOE

Crown entities

  • Accident Compensation Corporation
  • Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand
  • Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa
  • Broadcasting Commission
  • Broadcasting Standards Authority
  • Career Services
  • Charities Commission
  • Children's Commissioner
  • Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand
  • Commerce Commisson
  • Crown Health Financing Agency
  • Crown Research Institutes (8)
  • District Health Boards (20)
  • Drug Free Sport New Zealand
  • Earthquake Commission
  • Electricity Authority
  • Electoral Commission
  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority
  • Environmental Protection Authority
  • External Reporting Board
  • Families Commission
  • Financial Markets Authority
  • Government Superannuation Fund Authority
  • Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation
  • Health and Disability Commissioner
  • Health Quality and Safety Commission
  • Health Research Council of New Zealand
  • Health Sponsorship Council
  • Housing New Zealand Corporation
  • Human Rights Commission
  • Independent Police Conduct Authority
  • Law Commission
  • Maritime Safety Authority of New Zealand
  • Mental Health Commission
  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Board
  • New Zealand Antarctic Institute
  • New Zealand Artificial Limb Board
  • New Zealand Blood Service
  • New Zealand Film Commission
  • New Zealand Fire Service Commission
  • New Zealand Historic Places Trust (Pouhere Taonga)
  • New Zealand Lotteries Commission
  • New Zealand Productivity Commission
  • New Zealand Qualifications Authority
  • New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • New Zealand Teachers Council
  • New Zealand Tourism Board
  • New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
  • New Zealand Transport Agency
  • New Zealand Venture Investment Fund Limited
  • New Zealand Walking Access Commission
  • Office of Film and Literature Classification
  • Pharmaceutical Management Agency
  • Privacy Commissioner
  • Public Trust
  • Radio New Zealand Limited
  • Real Estate Agents Authority
  • Retirement Commissioner
  • School Boards of Trustees (2,481)
  • Social Workers Registration Board
  • Sport and Recreation New Zealand
  • Standards Council
  • Takeovers Panel
  • Te Reo Whakapuaki Irirangi (Te Mangai Paho)
  • Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori (Maori Language Commission)
  • Television New Zealand Limited
  • Tertiary Education Commission
  • Tertiary education institutions (29)
  • Testing Laboratory Registration Council
  • Transport Accident Investigation Commission

Crown entity subsidiaries are consolidated by their parents and not listed separately in this table

Organisations named or described in Schedule 4 of the Public Finance Act 1989

  • Agriculture and Marketing Research and Development Trust
  • Asia New Zealand Foundation
  • Crown Fibre Holdings Limited
  • Dispute Resolution Services Limited
  • Fish and Game Councils (12)
  • Health Benefits Limited
  • Leadership Development Centre Trust
  • Learning State Limited
  • National Pacific Radio Trust
  • New Zealand Fish and Game Council
  • New Zealand Game Bird Habitat Trust Board
  • New Zealand Government Property Corporation
  • New Zealand Lottery Grants Board
  • Ngai Tahu Ancillary Claims Trust
  • Pacific Co-operation Foundation
  • Pacific Island Business Development Trust
  • Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand Limited
  • Reserves Boards (23)
  • Road Safety Trust
  • Sentencing Council
  • Te Ariki Trust
  • The Maori Trustee
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