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2014 Investment Statement

Part 1: Introduction to the Balance Sheet

This section discusses the purpose of the 2014 Investment Statement (hereafter referred to as either the Statement or the Investment Statement), including its contribution to New Zealand's fiscal transparency. It examines the importance of the balance sheet, and its management, to supporting the public policy priorities of governments. In particular, it discusses the importance of efficiency and effectiveness in providing the right services and value for money for taxpayers, and the balance sheet's role in supporting macro-economic stability and economic performance.

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