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Michael Cullen's 7th Budget Speech - Finance Minister, Michael Cullen: "I move, that the Appropriation (2006/07 Estimates) Bill be now read a second time. Budget 2006 demonstrates the importance to the Government and the people of New Zealand of the commonsense, consistent, long term view that has been taken over the previous six Budgets. Over the period from 2000 to 2005 New Zealand experienced very strong economic growth, averaging nearly four per cent over the last five years. This has led to strong household income growth, rising real incomes, and very low levels of unemployment. Since December 1999 an additional 313,000 jobs have been created in the New Zealand economy." See... Budget Speech 2006
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Scoop Audio.Parliament Audio: Michael Cullen's Budget 2006 speech.
  • Budget 2006: PM's Statement - Transforming New Zealand

  • RELATED LINKS:For the full text (when released) of the budget see...
    See also the BEEHIVE BUDGET PAGE

    For previous budgets see...
    BUDGET 2005 - BUDGET 2004 - BUDGET 2003 - BUDGET 2002 - BUDGET 2001 & BUDGET 2000


    Sludge Report #171 - Budget 2006 - A Budget For Auckland (And Internet Users)

    Scoop Sludge Report: NZ Finance Minister Dr Michael Cullen presents Budget 2006 to the media lock-up - With his lead budget headline stolen by a DPMC messenger – local loop unbundling, Finance Minister Michael Cullen faced only minimal questioning in the budget lock-up this afternoon as he delivered his 7th budget media lock-up presentation in the Beehive banquet hall. Mind you having delivered a very long explanation in his presentation, there was arguably not a great deal left to find out. In fact as you look closely a fairly large chunk of the announced new spending in Budget 2006 is in fact related to initiatives the government campaigned on which have already been actioned. SEE…C.D. Sludge's Budget 2006 Report & Budget 2006 Images And Audio
    Scoop Audio.Scoop Audio: Selwyn Manning and Simon Pound discuss the 2006 Budget, how targeted funding often offers indication of where the Government intends to take the country – watch out for the detail. Also discussed is how David Cunliffe is the man of the week.

    The Letter - The Haps; The key statistics; What is not in the budget; Inflationary; Fueling inflation; Predictions always wrong; Spin not substance; Huge risk; Paying for mis investment; Charles Chauvel; Caucus Unsettled; Pinch National policy?; Survived another week; ... See... The Letter – Monday, 22 May 2006

    Molesworth and Featherston - The economic idea behind Michael Cullen’s seventh budget is that the downturn we’re in is a temporary and inevitable part of an economic cycle; and that the best response is to keep a steady hand. See... Molesworth & Featherston (Budget) – May 19th 2006

    Trans Tasman - Budget Time again for Michael Cullen, and speculation to the contrary, it’s unlikely to be his last ... Red faces all round when the budget leaker, a Beehive messenger, is uncovered ... “Gross and disgraceful dishonesty” the PM says ... But Michael Ryan ... See... Transtasman Political Letter – 18 May Digest

    Marc Alexander - Isn't the point of a budget to live within your means and not everybody else's? Nothing makes a budget look sicker than high living and that's exactly what Cullen and the Labour socialists delivered yesterday. After filching a record $8.48 billion surplus ... Marc My Words: An obscene and obese Budget

    Beehive Bulletin - Finance Minister Michael Cullen described his seventh Budget as one that delivered on Labour's election promises and guarantees solutions to key regional transport issues. The budget allocates new operating spending of $9.6 billion and capital of ... Beehive Bulletin - Budget 2006 Special


  • NZ Govt. - Hon. Michael Cullen - Wellington Chamber Address
  • NZ Govt - Clark: Auckland Chamber of Commerce Post Budget

  • Budget 2006: Peter Harris And Pals Discuss Budget's Social Impact
    While many in the media were obsessed with haranguing Dr Cullen for tax cuts – presumably to enable them to take that extra overseas holiday– Scoop rose before any self respecting crow the day after Budget 2006 and attended Public Health Association's annual post Budget brekky to see if there were other stories around. Dissecting the Budget from a social perspective at the PHA's post budget breakfast were four high profile speakers: Rod Oram, Peter Harris, Cindy Kiro and Debbie Te Whaiti. See... Budget 2006 - A Social Perspective
  • Scoop Report - Sludge Report #171 - Budget 2006
  • Scoop - Budget 2006 Lockup - Images And Audio
  • NZ Govt - Budget Speech 2006
  • NZ Govt - Budget 2006 Executive Summary
  • NZ Govt - Budget 2006: Rt Hon Helen Clark Budget Speech

    Scoop Audio.Michael Cullen's Budget 2006 speech.
    Scoop Audio.Prime Minister, Helen Clark's speech.

    Scoop Audio.National Leader, Don Brash's speech.
    Scoop Audio.NZ First Leader, Winston Peters's speech.

    Budget: Spy Budget Doubles Aid Stays The Same - Locke Sees Red - "Our spies got $23.28 million to do their job last time around. But in the year 2006/07, this will rocket up to $43.49 million - without any explanation in the Budget about what this money is for."This increase comes at the same time that our aid vote - which could actually help to reduce income disparity and instability in our region, if properly funded - is being held to its current paltry ratio. See... Budget bonanza for spies
  • Caritas - Budget Disappointment as ODA Stays the Same
  • CID - Poor performance on aid in Budget


  • Budget 2006: Rt Hon Helen Clark Budget Speech
  • Winston Peters’ 2006 Budget Speech

    Scoop Audio.Parliament Audio: Michael Cullen's Budget 2006 speech.
    Scoop Audio.Parliamentary Audio: Prime Minister, Helen Clark's speech.
    Scoop Audio.Parliamentary Audio: National Leader, Don Brash's speech.
    Scoop Audio.Parliamentary Audio: NZ First Leader, Winston Peters's speech.

    Parliamentary Reaction:

  • Office of the Speaker - Parliamentary broadcasts to be extended

  • Labour
  • What’s in Budget 2006 for you?
  • Beehive Bulletin - Budget 2006 Special
  • Rural New Zealand central to Government thinking
  • Budget boost for Northland skills
  • Massive boost for Waikato's transport projects
  • Southland classrooms chalk up Budget bonus
  • Marlborough-Kaikoura classrooms Budget bonus
  • Constant Improvement the Theme for Courts
  • NZ Govt - More good news from a focussed Budget
  • NZ Govt - Budget funding for home rating scheme

  • National
  • Budget biosecurity funding a sham
  • Budget 2006: All talk no action on prison work
  • Anderton fails farmers twice in a week
  • 19 May 2006
  • Brash: Post-Budget Address
  • Budget: Prison costs still not not nailed down
  • Pansy Speak: 'The State Knows Best' Budget
  • The Mapp Report: Bondi or Bust?
  • Budget 2006: Maharey misleads schools
  • Collins' Comments
  • Budget 2006: Dumped patients will take no comfort
  • Bondi Budget bad for New Zealand – Don Brash Speech
  • Cullen's Supersize Me surplus – John Key

  • Progressive Party
  • Brash's cultural cringe reminiscent of Sir Joh

  • Greens
  • Paying properly for aged care
  • Flat Earth budget ignores the real world
  • Greens look to overseas aid budget increase

  • The Maori Party
  • Budget 2006: Flaming Torches and Tomahawks
  • A Tale of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing
  • Sharples: National identity - whose identity?
  • Labour says Maori Don't Matter
  • Sharples: The Genuine Progress Index

  • Turia: 2006 Budget Address

  • NZ First
  • Dental Health Facts in Short Supply
  • An MMP Budget: NZ First Fixing It for All NZers

  • One Small Step For Immigration
  • NZ First Fixing It In The Eldercare Sector
  • Electricity Reforms Before Splitting Telecom

  • ACT
  • ACT New Zealand - Budget Crumbs For Auckland Roads
  • The "Lost Opportunity Budget"

  • United Future
  • Leader's Letter: Budget special

  • NZ Government (Reaction To Reaction)
  • Try reading the Budget Rodney!
  • Cunliffe welcomes Brash broadband commitment

  • Non Parliamentary Political Reaction:
  • ALCP - Cannabis Party declares Vote of No Confidence
  • Democrats for Social Credit - Cullen thinks inside the square
  • Every Child Counts - Budget 2006

  • Health Sector Reaction:
  • Health Cuts Hurt - Budget Continues Underfunding Model For Hospitals
  • Foundation for the Deaf - Brighter Future for Hearing Impaired Babies
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons - Budget neglects waiting lists
  • Smokefree Coalition - How Many People Have To Die? - Smokefree Coalition
  • College of General Practitioners - Good news but... says College of GPs
  • Healthcare Providers - Aged Care: Funding increase welcomed, not enough
  • Public Health Association - Public Health Association Gives Budget 7 Out of 10
  • NZNO - Budget Leaves Aged Care Out in the Cold
  • NZMA - Mixed reaction to Budget

  • Education Sector Reaction:
  • Manukau Institute of Technology - Skills training boost vital for future development
  • Education Forum - Student loan access for thousands under threat
  • Secondary Futures - “Education project has Future extended”
  • Quality Public Education Coalition - Unimaginative Budget for Education
  • National Maori Tertiary Students Association - Mâori students distraught at Budget cuts
  • School Trustees Association - Budget no surprise say school trustees
  • Mâori students distraught at Budget cuts
  • NZ School Trustees Association - Budget no surprise say school trustees
  • NZEI - Govt Investment in Early Childhood, Schools
  • NZ University Students' Association - Government fails to build on interest free loans
  • AUS - More investment needed for universities

  • Union Reaction:
  • NZCTU - Disappointment at Funding for Maori Development
  • NZCTU - CTU welcomes new spending on literacy
  • NZCTU - Lifting Wages a Far Higher Priority than Tax Cuts
  • NZCTU - Budget Addresses Modernisation Agenda

  • Business Sector Reaction:
  • New Zealand Business Roundtable - Budget 2006: "Read It and Weep"
  • Distilled Spirits Association Of NZ Inc - Alcohol tax increase hits ordinary Kiwis
  • NZ Venture Investment Fund - NZVIF praises venture capital sector budget boost
  • Contractors Federation - Roading windfall will boost regional economies
  • Council for Infrastructure Development - Expressways more than 10 years away despite funds
  • Council for Infrastructure Development - Budget roading investment still behind
  • Industry Training Federation of New Zealand - Industry Training Opportunity Missed
  • AA - AA Congratulates Government On A Fantastic Budget
  • Roading NZ - Response to 2006 Budget
  • Bank of New Zealand - BNZ Weekly Overview May 18 2006
  • Property Council Of New Zealand - Investment in land transport good news
  • Business Council for Sustainable Development - Budget hits the right buttons
  • Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce - King and Cullen Congratulated on Road Funding
  • Business NZ - Budget Incremental Rather Than Transformational
  • Tourism Industry Association - Budget no boost for tourism
  • New Zealand Business Roundtable - Government Must Reassess Growth Strategy
  • EMA Northern - Government spending not as efficient as tax cuts
  • Federated Farmers - After The Party Comes The Hangover
  • Auckland Chamber of Commerce - Transforming Auckland's Economy Up to the Region & Now It’s Up to Transit to Get the Job Done
  • Ernst and Young - No Tax Cuts This Year

  • Other Reaction
  • Molesworth & Featherston (Budget) – May 19th 2006
  • Keith Ng - Public Address 19/05/06 - Budgetballs
  • COMVOICES - Lacklustre but not necessarily lacking
  • ECO - Environmentally blind budget
  • Caritas - Budget Disappointment as ODA Stays the Same
  • Maxim Institute - Real Issues - No 205, 18 May 2006
  • Council of Christian Social Services - Budget 2006 - We’re Not There Yet
  • Save the Children - Violence Prevention And Family Focus Positive
  • Council for International Development - Poor performance on aid in Budget
  • NZbio - NZbio welcomes $13 million budget boost
  • Association of Crown Research Institutes - RS&T - right direction, new approaches applauded
  • Manukau City Council - Budget Great News for Manukau
  • NZ Screen Council - Screen Council Funding Confirmed
  • Child Poverty Action Group - Budget expectations 2006
  • NZCSS - Budget 2006 - We’re Not There Yet
  • Save The Children - Violence Prevention And Family Focus Positive
  • Council for International Development - Poor performance on aid in Budget
  • NZ On Air - NZ On Air welcomes funding increase
  • Families Commission - Budget Recognises Seriousness of Family Violence
  • Association of Crown Research Institutes - RS&T - right direction, new approaches applauded
  • Roading New Zealand - Roading expected to benefit from budget 2006

    (Note see also pre-budget announcements below)

    The Budget Speech
  • Budget Speech 2006

  • Coalition Leaders' Statements
  • Labour's Helen Clark - Transforming New Zealand
  • NZ First's Winston Peters - An MMP Budget: NZ First Fixing It for All NZers

  • United Future's Peter Dunne - Leader's Letter: Budget special

  • Budget 2006 Executive Summary
  • Budget 2006 Theme 1 - Economic Transformation
  • Budget 2006 Theme 2 - Families, Young and Old
  • Budget 2006 Theme 3 - National Identity

  • Economy
  • Delivering on commitments, investing for future
  • Budget 2006: Funding to boost promotion of NZ
  • Budget 2006: Protecting consumers and investors

  • Education
  • Budget 2006: Strengthening New Zealand schools
  • Budget 2006: Quality and access in EC Education
  • Budget 2006: Transforming the learning environment
  • Budget 2006: Tertiary sector vital for economy
  • Budget 2006: Training to boost industry skills

  • Budget 2006: Improving skills of the workforce
  • Budget 2006: Further financial help for students

  • Welfare

  • Budget 2006: A health budget for all NZ families
  • Budget 2006: A healthier future for young NZers
  • Budget 2006: Caring for older New Zealanders
  • Budget 2006: $76 million to fight obesity epidemic
  • ACC funding to improve treatment outcomes

  • Housing
  • Budget 2006: 2000+ homes added over three years

  • Law, Order & Security
  • Budget 2006: Safer families and communities
  • Budget 2006: More money for safer borders

  • Research, Growth And Innovation Framework
  • Budget 2006: Supporting firms to break offshore
  • Budget 2006: Venture capital for young firms
  • Budget 2006: Driving innovation through science
  • Budget 2006 Q&A: Venture Investment Fund
  • Budget 06 Q&A: Market Development Assistance

  • Art, Culture And Sport
  • Budget 2006: Arts, culture & heritage investment
  • Budget 2006: Support for arts & culture increases
  • Budget 2006: Enhancing New Zealand broadcasting
  • Budget 2006: Funding boost for sport & recreation

  • Trade and Foreign Affairs
  • Budget 2006: Defence needs at home and abroad met
  • Budget 2006: Boost for Foreign Affairs & ODA

  • Other Stuff - Maori, State Sector, Local Govt
  • Budget 2006: The Maori Potential Approach
  • Budget 2006: Investing in Mâori Potential
  • Budget 2006: $311 million for conservation
  • Budget 2006: Help to revitalise Pacific languages
  • Budget 2006: Major boost for land transport
  • Budget 2006: 5-year Funding Package for SHs
  • Budget 2006: Auckland transport a budget winner
  • Budget 2006: Securing our energy future
  • Protecting workers from hazardous substances



    Taxation: Dunne Turns Down Heat on Overseas Capital Gains - The Minister of Revenue, Peter Dunne, announced today, that after listening carefully to public submissions, the Government will bring in an amendment to the Tax Bill introduced into Parliament today, with the intention of calming ill-founded fears among New Zealanders with overseas investments in companies such as the Guinness Peat Group. See... Amendment to 2006 Tax Bill

    Police: Government Moves To Thicken The 'Thin Blue Line' - The Government has committed a total of $164.3 million in operating costs and $52.3 million in capital costs over the next four years for the first tranche of the 1000 frontline sworn police and 250 non-sworn police promised under its confidence and supply agreement with New Zealand First. See... 1250 new police will reach $500 million
  • NZ First - NZ First Welcomes $500 Million For Police
  • National - Labour must first rebuild confidence in police
  • NZ Police - Initiative To Increase Police Response Capability
  • Police Assn - Increased Funding A Welcome Necessity

  • Budget: Money for Buy Kiwi Made Campaign - Funding of $11.5 million will be made available over the next three years to fund a Buy Kiwi-Made programme, Economic Development Minister Trevor Mallard and Government Spokesperson for Buy Kiwi-Made Sue Bradford announced today. The Buy Kiwi-Made programme was part of the post election cooperation agreement between the Government and the Green Party. See...
  • ACT - Taxpayers Foot The Bill To Buy Kiwi Made
  • National Distribution Union - Buy Kiwi-Made will make a real difference
  • Council of Trade Unions - Consider the Many Benefits of Buying Kiwi Made
  • Clothing, Laundry and Allied Workers Union - Government Support for Manufacturing Praised
  • NZ Govt - New funding to plan fisheries management
  • Business Roundtable - Budget Should Address Sagging Growth Rate

  • Internet: Budget Surprise Comes Early – Local Loop To Be Unbundled - New Zealanders can look forward to faster, better broadband Internet services thanks to the comprehensive telecommunications package announced today. Today's package includes: • Requiring the unbundling of the local loop and sub-loop copper-wire lines between telephone exchanges and homes and businesses, allowing other Internet Service Providers to compete fully with Telecom to provide faster, cheaper broadband. See... NZ'ers can look forward to faster broadband
  • ISPANZ - ISPANZ over the moon with govt broadband decision
  • Russell Brown - Public Address 04/05/06 - It's All On - Eventually
  • Telecom - A Lost Opportunity For New Zealand
  • National - Maurice Williamson Talks Local Loop Unbundling
  • Orcon - Fight for good LLU starts now, don't forget rural
  • Green Party - Government move on Telecom welcomed
  • ACT - Telecom Regulation "Big Step Backwards"
  • TelstraClear - Great decision Minister
  • Orcon - Orcon believes $10 broadband viable with LLU
  • InternetNZ - InternetNZ welcomes excellent government decisions
  • Business NZ - Investment will be the judge of unbundling
  • ihug - Handbrake Comes Off NZ Broadband
  • Business Roundtable - Telecomm's Decision Damaging to Investment, Growth
  • InternetNZ - Dispelling the Myths in Telco Regulation
  • NZ First - NZ First Welcomes Telecom Competition
  • Alliance Party - Govt does not go far enough with "unbundling"
  • NHNZ - NHNZ Welcomes Changes to Telecommunications Rules
  • Aucland City Council - Unbundling a positive move for city’s economy
  • Local Government NZ - Cheaper, faster broadband good news
  • Auckland City Council - Fast broadband access for all by 2010
  • AUT - Internet expert to visit New Zealand

  • Budget: The Predictions - For many, Budget time means just another list of new services and funding from Finance Minister Dr Michael Cullen, announcements which mean nothing to ordinary people. However, the Government is committed to creating and supporting a better future for all New Zealanders. David Coates, Rakaia’s Labour spokesman and resident of Darfield, says, “Budget 2006 will affect the citizens of the Selwyn and Ashburton Districts in many positive ways.”
    See…What’s in Budget 2006 for you?
    Scoop Audio.Parliament Audio: You can click here to listen to Live Audio from Parliament.
  • NZCTU - Lifting Wages a Far Higher Priority than Tax Cuts
  • Green Party - Greens look to overseas aid budget increase
  • Ernst and Young - No Tax Cuts This Year
  • AUS - More investment needed for universities
  • Roading New Zealand - Roading expected to benefit from budget 2006
  • Maori Party - Sharples: The Genuine Progress Index
  • Scoop Audio.Scoop Audio: Selwyn Manning and Simon Pound discuss the 2006 Budget

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