Registrations of interest to attend the Budget 2022 media and analyst lock-up are now being taken.
Journalists and analysts are invited to register their interest in attending a briefing under embargo and other conditions, outlined below.
Access will be available to the Banquet Hall from 10.00am. Embargoed documents will be available from 10.30am and Treasury officials will be available to answer technical questions arising from the Budget documents.
The Minister of Finance will attend the Budget Lock-up briefing.
As in previous years, priority for seats at the lock-up briefing will be given to:
- national and international media organisations, and
- 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 and also the terms and conditions of the Budget lock-up (see the terms and conditions below).
Note that all documents will be published on the Budget website (budget.govt.nz) at or shortly after 2.00pm on the day of the lock-up.
From Thursday, 5 May the Treasury will provide a response to those who have registered an interest to attend.
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.
To register your interest in attending the restricted briefing, please email [email protected]
COVID-19 Visitor Policy
If the COVID-19 Protection Framework setting is at Red or lower on Budget Day, it is intended that the briefing will still proceed.
All attendees must be pre-registered and registration information will be retained and used for contact tracing if required.
From 5 May those who are approved to attend the restricted briefing will receive invitations as well as information on the COVID-19 requirements. Compliance with all these requirements will be a condition of entry.
If those requirements change between the date invitations are issued and Budget Day the Treasury will contact all those who have been approved to attend and inform them of any additional measures we will be taking to ensure the safety of all attendees.
Terms and conditions for attending the 2022 Budget restricted briefing for media and analysts
Attendance at this event is by invitation only and is limited by available space and to ensure compliance with COVID-19 Protection Framework) settings. By registering your interest to attend, you agree to respect the rules of the Budget lock-up. These rules apply to all analysts, journalists, camera crew, technicians and anyone attending the lock-up who is not a staff member of the Treasury. Compliance with the rules will be monitored and is taken seriously. Any individual or organisation that breaches the lock-up terms and conditions may be refused permission to attend future restricted briefings.
In addition to any COVID-19 requirements to be notified closer to the event, the terms and conditions for the 2022 Budget lock-up are:
- No information (including but not limited to text, voice, images or data) may be transmitted, received or released in any manner from the Budget lock-up from 10.30 am until the embargo is lifted at 2.00pm on Thursday 19 May 2022. Please note this includes social media. This restriction applies irrespective of whether the information is about the Budget or not.
- Mobile phones do not need to be surrendered before entering the lock-up but must be turned off or switched to flight mode until the embargo is lifted.
- At 1.50pm, those attending the lock-up briefing will be permitted to start preparations to transmit information.
- No one will be permitted to leave the venue once Budget information has been distributed. Bathrooms are located within the Banquet Hall.
- Accredited representatives of the Parliamentary Press Gallery will be permitted to leave the venue at the first ringing of the bells at 1.50pm so they can attend the 2.00pm start of Hon Grant Robertson’s Budget Speech in the House of Representatives. The 2.00pm embargo still applies.
- At 2.00pm Treasury staff will announce the end of the lock-up, which is when information may be transmitted and when attendees may leave the venue.
- In the unlikely event that the building has to be evacuated before 2.00pm due to an emergency, the embargo will not be lifted. People will be directed to leave immediately but they will not be allowed to transmit or communicate Budget information.
- Camera crew: If your news organisation requires camera crew and equipment at the lock-up, please indicate that with your RSVP.