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Page updated 5 Oct 2017

Overview of information about government expenditure (spending) on the Treasury website.

What are the government's main areas of expenditure?

The three largest areas of total Crown expenditure for the 2016/17 financial year were:

  • Social security and welfare: $30.6 billion
  • Health: $15.6 billion
  • Education: $14.1 billion

These figures are taken from the Analysis of Expenses by Functional Classification Total Crown in the Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the Year Ended 30 June 2017. See the Analysis of Expenses for information on other areas of government expenditure - such as defence and transport and communications - and for a comparison with the 2015/16 figures.

For more information on some of the larger areas of Government spending see the Health and Education topics on this web site.

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