Budget 2019

The Wellbeing Budget

Taking mental health seriously

A new frontline service for mental health with a $455m programme providing access for 325,000 people by 2023/24

Suicide prevention services get a $40 million boost

Reaching 5,600 extra secondary students with more nurses in schools

Tackling homelessness, with 1,044 new places – Housing First will now reach 2,700 people

Improving child wellbeing

Specialist services as part of a $320m package to address family and sexual violence

Breaking the cycle for children in State care, including helping 3,000 young people into independent living

Taking financial pressure off parents by increasing funding to decile 1-7 schools so they don't need to ask for donations

Lifting incomes by indexing main benefits and removing punitive sanctions

Supporting Māori and Pasifika aspirations

Major boost for Whānau Ora, including a focus on health and reducing reoffending

Ensuring te reo Māori and Pacific languages survive and thrive

An additional 2,200 young people in the Pacific Employment Support Service

A $12m programme targeting rheumatic fever

Building a productive nation

Bridging the venture capital gap, with a $300m fund so start-ups can grow and succeed

$106m injection into innovation to help New Zealand transition to a low-carbon future

Nearly $200m set aside for vocational education reforms to boost apprenticeships and trade training

Opportunities for apprenticeships for nearly 2,000 young people through Mana in Mahi

Transforming the economy

Over $1b boost in funding for KiwiRail

Helping farmers with the climate change challenge by investing in scientific research

Encouraging sustainable land use with a $229m package

Freshwater focus improving water quality in at-risk catchments

Investing in New Zealand

$1.7b to fix hospitals over the next two years

10-year $1.2b investment in schools, starting with $287m this year for new buildings

Bowel screening programme extended to five more DHBs

Investing in better and more healthcare with $2.9b for DHBs

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