The Wellbeing Budget

Investing in New Zealand

Initiatives: Keeping New Zealand secure

Addressing Non-Compliant Behaviour in the Immigration System

$31 million operating $1.5 million capital
This initiative provides funding for a targeted compliance strategy in priority sectors with additional resources for immigration intelligence, compliance and investigations and educating and informing migrants and employers in these sectors of their entitlements and responsibilities.

Firearms Buy-Back Scheme

$150 million operating
This initiative is to support the prohibition of certain types of semiautomatic firearms, parts and magazines under the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Act 2019. This will be achieved through a prohibited items buy-back scheme.

Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB): Additional Funding

$39 million operating
This initiative will contribute to the protection of New Zealand's national security, international relations and protect our way of life.

Firearms Buy-Back Scheme: Implementation

$18 million operating
This initiative is to enable the implementation of the buy-back scheme to support the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines and Parts) Amendment Act 2019. This will be achieved by providing funding for collecting, recording and processing prohibited items and administering payments.

Maritime Mass Arrival Prevention: Enhancing New Zealand's Capability to Prevent People Smuggling Ventures Departing for New Zealand

$23.6 million operating
$1.4 million capital

This initiative provides funding to expand New Zealand's offshore engagement, training additional staff and strategic deterrence communication to deter people smuggling ventures in priority countries, as well as increasing domestic strategic coordination, intelligence and response capability.

New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS): Additional Funding

$11 million operating
This initiative will contribute to the protection of New Zealand's national security, international relations and protect our way of life.

Office of Ethnic Communities Uplift

$9.4 million operating
This initiative provides funding for additional Office of Ethnic Communities staff nationwide, most of whom will be frontline community engagement staff.

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