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Statement of Intent 2015-2019

Introduction from the Secretary and Chief Executive

The Treasury's vision is to be a world-class organisation working towards higher living standards for New Zealanders. This Statement of Intent sets out the key areas the Treasury will focus on and how we will go about our work in pursuit of this vision.

It is important that New Zealand's economy supports higher living standards for this and future generations, and that all New Zealanders can play their role in the economy and society. We want New Zealand to be prosperous, and for that prosperity to be sustainable and inclusive. These aims of prosperity, sustainability and inclusiveness are encapsulated in the Treasury's strategic intentions for 2015-2019.

One of the many ways we are committed to delivering on our strategic intentions is by being better at our core business: for example, being an effective economics and finance ministry, knowing where to invest to get the best outcomes for New Zealanders and systematically applying the Living Standards Framework to our advice. We are doing this through continuous improvement within the Treasury while also being a more outward-facing organisation. The Treasury invests in the development of its people and provides an inclusive work culture where diversity of thought is encouraged. At the same time we are building relationships and gaining greater insights into the public we serve, from a personal level through engagement with individuals and groups all around New Zealand to a high level through data and analysis.

This Statement of Intent reflects not just the work the Treasury will do by itself but also our collaboration with others in the State sector to fulfil the Government's priorities. The public service is increasingly focused on outcomes that make a real and measurable impact on the quality of life in New Zealand. We cannot achieve those outcomes by operating and making decisions in silos. By working together, the public service is better placed to deliver policy advice, services and outcomes that make a real difference to improving the living standards of New Zealanders for the best possible value for the taxes they contribute.

Chief Executive's Statement of Responsibility

In signing this statement, I acknowledge that I am responsible for the information on strategic intentions of the Treasury. This information has been prepared in accordance with section 38 and section 40 of the Public Finance Act 1989.

Gabriel Makhlouf
Secretary and Chief Executive

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