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Statement of Accounting Policies

for the year ended 30 June 2011

Reporting Entity

These non-departmental schedules and statements present financial information on public funds managed by the Treasury on behalf of the Crown.

These non-departmental balances are consolidated into the Financial Statements of the Government for the year ended 30 June 2011. For a full understanding of the Crown's financial position, results of operations and cash flows for the year, refer to the Financial Statements of the Government.

Basis of Preparation

The non-departmental schedules and statements have been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies of the Financial Statements of the Government, Treasury Instructions and Treasury Circulars.

Measurement and recognition rules applied in the preparation of these non-departmental supplementary financial schedules are consistent with NZ GAAP and Crown accounting policies and are detailed in the Financial Statements of the Government.

The financial information reported in these schedules is consolidated into the Financial Statements of the Government, and therefore readers of these schedules should also refer to the Financial Statements of the Government for the year ended 30 June 2011.

Significant Accounting Policies

Foreign exchange

FX transactions are translated into New Zealand dollars using the exchange rates prevailing at the dates of the transactions. FX gains and losses resulting from the settlement of such transactions and from the translation at year-end exchange rates of monetary assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies are recognised in the schedule of non-departmental income or expenses.

Goods and services tax

All items in the financial statements, including appropriation statements, are stated exclusive of GST. In accordance with Treasury Instructions, GST is returned on revenue received on behalf of the Crown, where applicable. However, an input tax deduction is not claimed on non-departmental expenditure. Instead, the amount of GST applicable to non-departmental expenditure is recognised as a separate expense and eliminated against GST revenue on consolidation of the Financial Statements of the Government.

Commitments

Future expenses and liabilities to be incurred on non-cancellable contracts that have been entered into at balance date are disclosed as commitments to the extent that they are equally unperformed obligations.

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