Tag: Fiscal Policy

Last Days to Contribute to NZ Open Government Action Plan

Article – Open Source Open Society New Zealands Open Government Partnership Action Plan is open for consultation until the end of day on this Friday 26 August. If you care about transparency, accountability participation and better use of technology in the way our government is run then …Last Days to Contribute to NZ Open Government Action Plan New Zealand’s ‘Open Government Partnership’ Action Plan is open for consultation until the end of day on this Friday 26 August. If you care about transparency, accountability participation and better use of technology in the way our government is run then you should make a submission here. If you are in Wellington there is also a final full day co-creation workshop on this Friday where you can get involved at a deeper level. See the Press release published on Scoop yesterday here for further details. Our position as a leader in this space is at threat New Zealand has had very good fiscal and government accountability and transparency reputation, however recent developments such as the Panama Papers and increasingly poor public consultation processes are threatening this reputation. As Susanne Snively, chair of Transparency International New Zealand said at yesterday’s Open Source Open Society Conference in Wellington, our position as a leader in this space is slipping due to complacency and lack of ambition to look towards transparency and accountability in a modern...

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Pre-Budget Speech to Business New Zealand event

Speech – New Zealand Government Budget 2016 Pre-Budget Speech to Business New Zealand event Wellington Wednesday, 13 April 2016 Its good to be back here for my annual pre-Budget speech and I want to thank Business New Zealand for hosting me once again. This years Budget will …Budget 2016 Pre-Budget Speech to Business New Zealand event Wellington Wednesday, 13 April 2016 It’s good to be back here for my annual pre-Budget speech and I want to thank Business New Zealand for hosting me once again. This year’s Budget will be delivered against a backdrop of a growing economy, supported by strong levels of tourism and migration, a large pipeline of construction projects and low interest rates. Notwithstanding challenges in the dairy industry, most New Zealand forecasters are predicting growth of around 3 per cent on average over the next few years. That’s a good position for the country to be in. In fact, over the last five years New Zealand has had one of the fastest growth rates in the OECD. However, nothing is guaranteed. There are always risks, and at the moment these revolve around issues like the ability of China to smoothly negotiate its economic challenges. On the other hand, the economy could do better than forecast. That’s why the Government takes a medium-term approach to fiscal policy, looking through ups and downs and focusing on the...

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James Shaw’s Commencement Debate Speech

Speech – Green Party Ki a koutou ku hoa Premata, huri noa i te Whare, ng mihi o te tau hou ki a koutou katoa.Commencement Debate Speech James Shaw – 9th February 2016 E te Māngai o te Whare, tēnā koe. (Mr Speaker, greetings to you.) Ki a koutou ōku hoa Pāremata, huri noa i te Whare, ngā mihi o te tau hou ki a koutou katoa. (To all of you my Parliamentary friends, across the House, happy New Year.) Mr Speaker. Today, I want to talk about leadership and I want to start by talking about a subject that many National MPs will become very familiar with next year. I want to talk about retirement. Superannuation One of the big challenges the Government has promised they’re not going to fix is superannuation. Most of the people in this room know the numbers. In the next few decades our population will age and retire. Our tax revenues will go down because there will be fewer people working. Our healthcare costs will go up. And our superannuation commitments will double to $25 billion a year by 2028. We know that the Prime Minister is very relaxed about all of this. Nowadays he’s so relaxed I wonder if he’s got a special dispensation from the Associate Health Minister. Former Finance Minister Michael Cullen was not so relaxed. That’s why he set...

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Bill English – New Zealand Economic and Fiscal Outlook

Speech – New Zealand Government Thank you for inviting me today. Its a pleasure to speak to the Trans-Tasman Business Circle again. Yesterday I announced that the Government had achieved one of its key fiscal targets, posting a surplus of $414 million in 2014/15. Hon Bill English Minister of Finance Trans-Tasman Business Circle PWC, The Terrace, Wellington Thursday 15 October, 2015 Bill English – New Zealand Economic and Fiscal Outlook Thank you for inviting me today. It’s a pleasure to speak to the Trans-Tasman Business Circle again. Yesterday I announced that the Government had achieved one of its key fiscal targets, posting a surplus of $414 million in 2014/15. That was the culmination of years of focus on a target that has brought discipline to spending. But it is far from the end of the road for our programme of responsible fiscal management. Today I want to talk to you about how we are going to continue to manage the books in the future – by understanding and addressing the drivers of demand for public services, and through better management of the Government’s assets. But first, I’d like to briefly discuss the economy. Businesses such as yours are the engine rooms of the New Zealand economy. Growth in the economy is driven by businesses investing another dollar, or hiring another person. The Government’s role is to support an economy...

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Over 25,000 tell government #TPPAWalkAway!

Press Release – It’s Our Future Over 25,000 people have braved the elements all over the country, sending an unmistakeable message to the government to walk away from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), according to Its Our Future spokesperson Edward Miller.Over 25,000 tell government #TPPAWalkAway! Over 25,000 people have braved the elements all over the country, sending an unmistakeable message to the government to walk away from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), according to It’s Our Future spokesperson Edward Miller. “In twenty-one towns and cities across the country, the people of Aotearoa have spoken loudly and clearly, demanding their government listen to them and ditch this toxic deal”, said Edward Miller. “The turnout today was absolutely phenomenal in so many locations. 10000 in Auckland, 5000 in Wellington, 4000 in Christchurch, 2000 in Dunedin, 2000 in Hamilton… the list goes on”, said Miller. “A few weeks ago Trade Minister Groser called opponents of the TPPA ‘politically irrelevant’. Then he told news media he was engaged in a ‘war’ against TPPA opponents. What he doesn’t seem to realise is this obsessive secrecy and arrogance is driving people onto the streets in their thousands,” said Miller. “Kiwis will continue to oppose this agreement. We will not stand for having our democracy sold out to foreign investors and multinational corporations. If the government has any sense it will walk away from this rotten...

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