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Data release

Reporting on COVID-19 Specific Appropriations

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Thursday, 16 February 2023
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Date data finalised: 10 February 2023

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MS Excel file with separate sheets for the Introduction Notes, Data Dictionary and the Raw Data (also available in open TXT and CSV formats) as well as two pivot tables displaying data grouped by appropriation and by vote.

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The Raw Data in open CSV format. Open in applications that support Unicode UTF-8 characters (Māori macrons etc).

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CSV file describing the column structure and data formats of the Reporting on COVID-19 Specific Appropriations data release. Open in applications that support Unicode UTF-8 characters (Māori macrons etc).

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Text file using Markdown format containing the Introduction Notes for the data release that explain the data's scope and compilation process. Open in applications that support Unicode UTF-8 characters (Māori macrons etc).

This data release captures and reports on expenditure incurred in relation to new appropriations established as part of the Government's response to COVID-19, up until 30 June 2022. It includes expenditure incurred on initiatives announced on 17 March 2020 and subsequent initiatives that have been funded through the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund (CRRF).   

The below table shows the cumulative expenditure incurred from the beginning of the pandemic response through to 30 June 2022 against new appropriations with expenditure over $100m. This list includes both capital and operating expenditure.

Cumulative Expenditure Incurred from the Beginning of the Pandemic Response through to 30 June 2022
Vote Appropriation $m
Social Development Business Support Subsidy Covid-19 17,995.540
Revenue COVID-19 Resurgence Support Payment 2,912.490
Health National Response to COVID-19 Across the Health Sector 2,704.552
Revenue Small Business Cashflow Scheme COVID-19 2,263.320
Health Implementing the COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy 1,709.111
Building and Construction Isolation and Quarantine Management 1,568.292
Revenue Initial Fair Value Write-Down Relating to the Small Business Cashflow Scheme COVID-19 1,058.442
Finance Shovel Ready Project Funding - Crown Infrastructure Partners 1,034.892
Finance COVID-19: Loans to Air New Zealand 850.000
Transport COVID-19 - NLTF Funding for Cost Pressures and Revenue Shocks 655.267
Social Development COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme 501.047
Transport Maintaining international air services 466.127
Social Development COVID-19 Apprentice Support 410.779
Transport Maintaining Airfreight Capacity 376.010
Business, Science and Innovation Economic and Regional Development: Supporting Infrastructure Projects 333.737
Transport COVID-19 - NLTF Borrowing Facility 325.000
Transport Protection of Transport Sector Agency Core Functions 243.096
Social Development COVID-19 Income Relief Assistance 196.394
Social Development Community Support Services 191.220
Business, Science and Innovation Support the Growth and Development of New Zealand Firms, Sectors and Regions 172.230
Finance Shovel Ready Project Funding - Ōtākaro Limited 137.211
Māori Development Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund 130.866
Health Minimising the health impacts of COVID-19 120.755
Finance COVID-19: Capital Injections to Airways New Zealand 117.000
Transport Meeting fees, charges and levies on behalf of airlines 112.884
Business, Science and Innovation Economic Development: Implementation of Improvements in Public Sector Procurement and Services to Business 103.427

Not all the initiatives introduced by the Government have resulted in the establishment of a new appropriation or require an appropriation.

Some initiatives represented an extension of existing government activities and fell within existing appropriations. Expenditure incurred under pre-existing appropriations is not captured in this data release. For example, some funding received by Vote Education (such as funding to support mental health and wellbeing and funding to expand Ka Ora Ka Ako Healthy School Lunches Programme) and some funding received by Vote Health (all non-immunisation related expenditure in 2019/20, as well as a portion of non-immunisation related expenditure in 2020/21 and 2021/22) was incurred against existing appropriations and is therefore not captured in the data release.

Some initiatives introduced provided tax relief to taxpayers, which results in a reduction in tax revenue rather than an increase in expenditure to the Crown, therefore no appropriation is necessary.

The amount appropriated (and the amount of expenditure incurred) may differ from the amount managed against the CRRF.

For each initiative, the net expected fiscal cost (as estimated at the time the decision is made) on net core Crown debt is managed against the CRRF.

The amount appropriated represents the authority to incur expenditure (either operating or capital) rather than the net expected fiscal cost on net core Crown debt. In some cases, the appropriated amount and net expected fiscal cost will be the same. For others these two figures will be different. Two examples of this are: Loans to Air New Zealand (where expected repayments reduce the expected fiscal cost on net core Crown debt but not the appropriated amount) and the Small Business Cashflow Scheme (where valuation losses from the loans require an appropriation but do not have a fiscal cost on net core Crown debt and where repayments are also expected).

Details of where Non-financial Performance Information in respect of these appropriations will be or has been reported can be found in the relevant Estimates documents.

Care should be taken when analysing the cumulative additional Supplementary Estimates figures (the 2020, 2021 and 2022 figures added together). Please note that the same authority may exist in more than one year - for example, $1bn of funding for the "Business Support Subsidy Covid-19" appropriation was transferred from 2019/20 to the 2020/21 year subsequent to the passing of the Appropriation (Supplementary Estimates) Act for 2019/20. This means that the funding that was transferred is included in both the 2019/20 and 2020/21 Supplementary Estimates figures.

Related files use the UTF-8 character set for Te Reo Māori support

Software and tools supporting Unicode (UTF-8) characters must be used to open or access these files to ensure that some characters (eg, macrons in Te Reo Māori words and – long dashes) display correctly. For example, ensure 65001 : Unicode (UTF-8) is selected as the file origin format when importing data from the CSV files into MS Excel.

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Last updated: 
Thursday, 16 February 2023