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Registrations open to attend Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update lock-up

Page updated Jul 28, 2017

Event Details

As announced by the Minister of Finance, the Treasury will publish the Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update 2017 (PREFU) on Wednesday 23 August 2017.

Interested journalists and analysts are invited to register their interest to attend a PREFU 2017 embargoed briefing under lock-up conditions which will be held on Level 5 at the Treasury, 1 The Terrace, Wellington.

The lock-up will be held from 10:00am until 12:00 noon on Wednesday 23 August. The doors will open at 9:40am.

Treasury Secretary, Gabriel Makhlouf, will give a presentation prior to the documents being distributed for around one hour’s reading time.

The Minister of Finance, the Hon Steven Joyce, is expected to arrive shortly after 11:00am to give a presentation, before opening the floor to questions.

As in previous years, priority for seats at the lock-up will be given to national and international media organisations and to economic and financial analysts attached to either financial institutions or national organisations that provide relevant specialist advisory services.

Registration of interest to attend is an acknowledgement of accepting embargo provisions shown below.

Numbers are restricted by the space available. Although we will make efforts to accommodate everyone, the number of people attending from any one organisation may be limited and some registrations may be declined.

Note that the Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update 2017 will be available on the Treasury website at or shortly after 12.00 noon on Wednesday 23 August 2017 at:

Lock-up terms & conditions

Attendance at this event is by invitation only and is limited by available space.

Registered journalists and analysts are free to arrive at any time after the doors open at 9:40am. Please note that once the lock-up begins at 10:00am attendees will not be permitted to exit until the embargo is lifted at 12:00 noon.

By registering to attend, you agree to respect the rules of the lock-up. These rules apply to all analysts, journalists, camera crew, technicians or anyone attending the lock-up who is not a staff member of the Treasury.

  • No information (including but not limited to text, voice, images or data) may be transmitted, received or released in any form during the PREFU 2017 lock-up until after the embargo is lifted at 12.00pm on 23 August 2017. Please note this includes social media too.
  • Mobile phones do not need to be surrendered before entering the PREFU 2017 lock-up, but must be turned off or switched to flight mode until the embargo is lifted.
  • Other than escorted visits to the bathroom, no one will be permitted to leave the venue once PREFU 2017 information has been distributed.
  • Treasury staff attending the lock-up will announce the end of the embargo, which is when information may be transmitted and when other people may leave the venue.
  • In the unlikely event that the building has to be evacuated before 12.00pm due to an emergency, the embargo will not be lifted and attendees should leave the building immediately.
  • Compliance with the embargo provisions is a serious matter. Any organisation or individual found to breach the embargo provisions may find that s/he and the organisation that s/he represents will be declined permission to attend future lock-ups hosted by the Treasury.
  • Camera crew: If your news organisation requires camera crew and equipment at the lock-up, please indicate that with your RSVP.

For enquiries and to register, please contact: