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


Key Notes: Our priorities for Budget 2014

Our priorities for Budget 2014

Good Afternoon,

Today I want to share with you some of our plans in this year's Budget to keep New Zealand heading in the right direction.

This Budget, our focus will move from managing our way through a recession to managing a growing economy that works for you and your family, not just now but in the years to come.

A stronger economy matters because it delivers more jobs, higher wages and better front line services.

Like households around the country, the Government will continue to spend wisely and keep its costs down.

So there will be no lolly scramble in this year's Budget. A return to Labour's tax and spend approach from the mid-2000s would mean greater debt and interest rates that are much higher than they would be otherwise. That would hurt Kiwi families just as the economy is starting to pick up.

The Budget will focus on supporting families, particularly in the areas of health and education.

We are also going to extend the assistance we give to New Zealand businesses who are competing overseas and growing exports, which is how New Zealand pays its way in the world. That means higher incomes and more jobs.

Today I announced that we are boosting the presence of New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) in China, South America, and the Middle East.

These markets offer big opportunities to grow our exports.

NZTE is our trade organisation dedicated to helping Kiwi companies succeed overseas, and we will also be increasing its funding so it can help another 200 New Zealand companies to export and break into overseas markets.

The new funding comes to $69 million over four years and helps support our exports which now total around $60 billion a year.

I am confident about New Zealand's future, and in coming weeks we will outline more of our plans to keep building a stronger economy that provides more jobs, more opportunities and better public services for Kiwis and their families.

New Zealanders have every reason to be proud of what we are achieving by working together.


John Key
Prime Minister

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news