The Treasury’s Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update 2020 (PREFU) will be published on Thursday 20 August.
Journalists and analysts are invited to register their interest in attending the briefing under restricted (embargoed and other) conditions, outlined below.
The briefing will be held from 11:00am until 1:00pm on Level 3, The Treasury, 1 The Terrace, Wellington. Doors will open at 10.30am.
Secretary to the Treasury Caralee McLiesh will open the briefing, after which the PREFU documents will be distributed. Minister of Finance Hon Grant Robertson is expected to arrive at around midday to give a presentation, before opening the floor to questions.
COVID-19 Visitor Policy
To help protect staff and visitors, the Treasury has a Visitor Policy in place in response to COVID-19.
Under COVID-19 Alert Level 1: the briefing will proceed as planned. All attendees must be pre-registered and registration information will be retained and used for contact tracing purposes if required. Additional health measures such as availability of hand sanitiser will also be in place.
Under COVID-19 Alert Level 2: Should the country be under COVID-19 Alert level 2 on 20 August, the briefing will proceed but further limitations may be put in place.
Under COVID-19 Alert Levels 3 or 4: the briefing will not go ahead. An alternative, post-embargo video briefing may be held instead.
Attendance is restricted
Attendance at this event is by confirmed registration only, with numbers restricted by the space available. Priority will be given to journalists from national and international news organisations and to economic and financial analysts attached to either financial institutions or national organisations that provide relevant specialist advisory services.
Registration of interest to attend indicates your acceptance of embargo provisions (see the terms and conditions below). Note all documents will be published on the Treasury’s website at or shortly after 1:00pm on the day.
Please register your interest by emailing [email protected] by 5.00pm, Friday 7 August.
The Treasury will aim to contact those who have registered an interest to attend by 5:00pm Friday 14 August to confirm or discuss registration applications. Although we will make efforts to accommodate everyone, the number of people attending from any one organisation may be limited and some registrations may be declined.
For more information, please contact [email protected]
Terms and conditions for attending the PREFU 2020 restricted briefing for media & analysts
By registering your interest to attend, you agree to comply with the embargo and all other conditions of the restricted briefing, including those relating to COVID-19, as per the terms and conditions below.
These conditions apply to all analysts, journalists, camera crew, technicians and anyone else attending the restricted briefing in any capacity who is not a staff member of the Treasury. Compliance will be monitored and is taken seriously by the Treasury. Any individual or organisation found to be in breach of the embargo or other conditions may be refused permission to attend future restricted briefings hosted by the Treasury.
The terms and conditions for attendance are:
- Other than contact with Treasury staff (as per 2. below), no information (including but not limited to text, voice, images, or data) may be transmitted, received, or released in any manner, including on social media, from 11:00am until the embargo is lifted at 1:00pm on the day. This restriction applies irrespective of whether or not the information is about the PREFU.
- The email address and mobile phone number you provide in your registration may be used by Treasury staff outside the room to contact you during the briefing in response to your questions on the PREFU. This enables us to limit the number of staff in the room, while providing you with easy access to our specialist teams.
- At 12:50pm, attendees will be permitted to start preparing for transmitting information.
- Once the PREFU information has been distributed, no one will be permitted to leave the room other than to go to the bathroom or in the event of an emergency; in any event, the embargo will still apply.
- At 1:00pm, Treasury staff will announce the end of the restricted briefing, which is when information may be transmitted, and attendees may leave the venue.
- In the unlikely event that the building has to be evacuated before 1:00pm due to an emergency, the embargo will not be lifted. People will be directed to leave immediately under the guidance of Treasury staff, but will not be allowed to transmit or communicate any PREFU-related information.
- Should your registration to the briefing be confirmed, you must immediately advise the Treasury if, to the best of your knowledge, you have, or have had any contact with someone who has, contracted COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to the date your registration is confirmed.
- Should your registration to the briefing be confirmed, you must immediately advise the Treasury that you are unable to attend if, by 18 August, you become unwell or are self-isolating, experiencing symptoms, awaiting results, or are either suspected of having or confirmed to have COVID-19.