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Media Advisory/Invitation: Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand 2010/11

9 Sep 2011

The Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand (FSGNZ) for the fiscal year that ended on 30 June 2011 will be released at 11.30 a.m. on Tuesday, 11 October 2011. You are cordially invited to attend a lock-up to review the financial statements prior to the embargo being lifted.

WHAT:

Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the Year Ended 30 June 2011

WHERE:

Level 5, the Treasury, 1 The Terrace, Wellington

WHEN:

Tuesday 11 October 2011
10:25am: Doors open.
10.30am: Financial Statements are distributed.
11:30am: Lock-up ends and the embargo is lifted

Journalists and analysts are free to arrive any time after the doors open, but please note that once the lock-up is entered then there is no exiting of the lock-up until the embargo is lifted. By registering, attendees are agreeing to uphold the lock-up rules which are maintained by the Treasury.

RSVP:

Organisations are requested to RSVP by noon on Wednesday, 5 October 2011 to advise the names of those attending. RSVP by email to: Fiona.O'Brien@treasury.govt.nz

Note to Editors: Please note that there will be no formal presentation at this year’s lock-up. The purpose of the lock-up is to provide a secure environment for interested journalists and analysts that wish to read the materials prior to the lifting of the embargo at 11.30am on Tuesday 11 October 2011. Officials will be available to answer technical questions arising out of the FSGNZ, which will be posted on the Treasury website after the embargo is lifted.

Treasury rules for lock-ups

  • Other than escorted visits to the bathroom, nobody will be permitted to leave the lockup once documents have been distributed from 10.30am.
  • No information may be released or transmitted from the lockup until after the embargo has been lifted.
  • Data cards, wireless networking and other communication devices or services built into laptop/mobile computers must be disconnected or switched off during the lockup.
  • At around five minutes prior to lifting of the embargo, a Communications advisor will indicate to reporters that it is permissible to connect - but not to transmit until given the green light to do so.
  • At 11.30am, a Communications advisor at the Treasury will inform the lock-up that the lock up is over and that transmissions may commence and that journalists and analysts are free to leave.
  • Compliance with the embargo provisions are taken seriously. Any organisation or individual found to breach the embargo provisions may find that s/he and the organisation that s/he represents will be refused permission to attend future lockups hosted by the Treasury.
  • Safety Regulations - if there is a fire alarm, evacuate - embargo is lifted.
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