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Restricted Lock-up for the 2019/20 Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand

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The Treasury will publish the audited 2019/20 Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand on Tuesday 24 November 2020. The unaudited financial statements for the 2019/20 year have already been released in the Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update. This is the release of the same accounts following the formal audit process.

Journalists and analysts are invited to register their interest in attending a briefing under restricted (embargoed and other) conditions, outlined below.

The briefing will be held from 12.30pm until 2.00pm on Tuesday 24 November on Level 3 at the Treasury, 1 The Terrace, Wellington. Doors open at 12.00pm.

The Secretary to the Treasury, Caralee McLiesh, will open the briefing, after which the Financial Statements information will be distributed. Please note that the information will be available on USB stick only; no hard copy documents will be provided. The Minister of Finance, the Hon Grant Robertson, is expected to arrive at around 1.15pm to give a presentation, before opening the floor to questions.

Please register your interest by emailing [email protected] by midday Thursday 19 November.

The Treasury will aim to contact those who have registered an interest to attend by 5.00pm Friday 20 November 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.

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 24 November, 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 2:00pm on the day.

Terms and conditions for attending the Financial Statements restricted briefing for media and analysts

Attendance at this event is by invitation only and is limited by available space. By registering your interest to attend, you agree to respect the rules of the 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 embargo rules may be refused permission to attend future lock-ups hosted by the Treasury.

The terms and conditions for the Financial Statements lock-up are:

  1. No information (including but not limited to text, voice, images or data) may be transmitted, received or released in any manner from the Financial Statements lock-up from 12.30pm until the embargo is lifted at 2.00pm on Tuesday 24 November 2020. Please note this includes social media. This restriction applies irrespective of whether the information is about the Financial Statements or not.
  2. 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.
  3. At 1:55pm, those attending the lock-up briefing will be permitted to start preparations to transmit information.
  4. Other than escorted visits to the toilets, no one will be permitted to leave the venue once Financial Statements information has been distributed.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 Financial Statements information.
  7. Camera crew: If your news organisation requires camera crew and equipment at the lock-up, please indicate that with your RSVP.

For enquiries and to register your interest in attending the lock-up, please contact: [email protected]

Last updated: 
Friday, 13 November 2020