Budget 2019

Budget at a Glance

Improving child wellbeing

The Government has committed to tackling New Zealand’s persistent challenge of child poverty. Up to 250,000 children live in poverty or hardship in New Zealand[1], and this can contribute to lasting wellbeing impacts in areas such as health, housing and education. We are also committed to addressing family and sexual violence.

$1.1b operating
$187m capital

Breaking the Cycle for Children in State Care

This includes support for Oranga Tamariki to ensure that young people do not fall through the cracks. Funding will transform the care and youth justice systems; meet new responsibilities to tamariki Māori; build a new Transition Support Service for young people leaving care and youth justice; and pilot a new Intensive Intervention service to prevent children and young people from entering care in the first place.

$535m operating

Improving Incomes and Addressing the Cost of Living

Indexing main benefits to wage increases, a lift in the abatement thresholds for main benefits to allow people to work more hours before their benefit reduces and the removal of a sanction for failing to apply for child support are consistent with our vision for the welfare system and are first steps in responding to the Welfare Expert Advisory Group. They also support our child poverty reduction objectives.

$311m operating
$10m capital

Addressing Family and Sexual Violence (FVSV)

This initiative will focus on increasing investment in prevention, growing essential specialist services and building safe, consistent and effective responses in every community. This response has been coordinated by the Joint Venture on FVSV and represents a strong collaboration across agencies to achieve the outcome of a significant reduction in family violence and sexual violence.

$650m operating
$95m capital

Taking Financial Pressure Off Parents

This includes additional funding for deciles 1-7 schools to replace parental ‘donations’, removing NCEA fees and significant investment in learning support.


  1. [1] Based on the primary measures of child poverty in the Child Poverty Reduction Act 2018.
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