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What's New?

This document replaces the original version of ‘Putting It Together', which was published in August 1996. This new release covers:

  • the increased emphasis on outcomes as the primary rationale for funding
  • further extension of the planning horizon to take into account the long-run effects of demographic and other pressures on the sustainability of current policy settings
  • purchase advice, performance monitoring, and managing money
  • new divisions of responsibility between agencies
  • modified appropriation (authorisation), budget and reporting practices
  • administrative changes that encourage fiscal prudence, give Ministers policy and service- level choices, and help to ensure that spending delivers against the Government’s priorities and the expectations of New Zealanders.

This document is current as at August 2011.

Questions and Feedback

General enquiries about the information contained in this guide, issues not addressed in this guide and comments on how this guide can be improved should be sent to:

Further Information

References to sources of additional information are listed in Appendix D.

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