Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Budget 2006: PM - Transforming New Zealand

Rt Hon Helen Clark
Prime Minister

Transforming New Zealand

Budget 2006 is based on the Labour-led government’s clear vision to transform New Zealand and reinforces the government’s work of the past six and a half years, Prime Minister Helen Clark said today.

“This budget contains more initiatives to support the economy moving further from its traditional commodity focus to one focused on producing higher value goods and services for world markets both from our core primary sectors and from others.”

“We also want to ensure that all families, young and old, have the support and opportunities they need in the twenty-first century, and we want to reinforce the pride New Zealanders take in our national identity and heritage.

“In today’s budget, the government is progressing key investments and initiatives in infrastructure, Working for Families, in housing, health, and education, and in our unique national identity.

“This is an important budget for the future, built around a long term vision for the transformation of New Zealand. It is also a budget grounded in sound fiscal policy. Careful fiscal management and stewardship of New Zealand’s finances is a hallmark of the Labour-led government.

“Above all, this is clearly a Labour-led budget. Ours is an active and practical government, delivering policies and programmes based on fairness and inclusiveness to equip New Zealand and New Zealanders with the tools required to meet the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead,” Helen Clark said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>


Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election