The Wellbeing Budget

Investing in New Zealand

Initiatives: Maintaining and investing in public services, part 4

Next Generation Critical Communications (NGCC): Replacing Emergency Services Critical Communications Networks

$15 million operating
This initiative will support work on the Next Generation Critical Communications programme to provide Emergency Services' (New Zealand Police, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, St John and Wellington Free Ambulance) with a replacement digital critical communications capability.

Non-Discretionary Cost Pressures Associated with Delivering the Treasury's Core Functions and a Wellbeing Approach

$20 million operating
This initiative ensures that the Treasury has the capacity to effectively and sustainably deliver its core functions, support the Government's priority work programmes and develop and implement a wellbeing approach.

Nursing Workforce Accord: Providing Additional Places for Nurse Entry to Practice

$24.5 million operating
This initiative seeks to meet the Government's commitment to recruit and train sufficient DHB nurses to meet safe staffing levels.

Other tagged contingencies

$1.3 billion operating
$1.7 billion capital

A number of initiatives agreed through Budget 2019 have been set aside in contingency, including funding for Dunedin Hospital. Often initiatives set aside in contingency are commercially sensitive or relate to negotiations that have yet to take place, such as wage negotiations. A general contingency is also provided for funding proposals that arise between Budgets.

Parliamentary Service: Maintaining Capability and Capacity

$12.6 million operating
This funding will enable the Parliamentary Service to meet a large variety of immediate contractual obligations including ensuring contractors are paid the living wage, covering annual fixed increases to the rent of Bowen House, remuneration pressures and addressing deferred maintenance.

Parliamentary Service: Replacement of Payroll System

$1.2 million operating
This funding will remove the operational and business risks associated with a payroll solution for the Parliamentary Service that will become unsupported from the end of 2019.

Payroll Legislative and Compliance Projects

$2.6 million operating
This initiative aims to ensure that the schools payroll service is compliant with legislation, employment agreements, wider education policy and assurance requirements.

Planned Care, Including Elective Surgery: Increasing Number of Services for New Zealanders

$48 million operating
This funding will support District Health Boards to increase access to Planned Care by providing funding for additional Planned Care interventions.

Planned Care, Including Elective Surgery: Maintaining Services for New Zealanders

$66.8 million operating
This funding aims to support District Health Boards to maintain Planned Care services for New Zealanders. This will be done through providing funding to meet new national pricing levels and match 2018/19 contracted volumes.

Primary Care: Maintaining Access to Primary Health Services for New Zealanders

$67.2 million operating
This initiative aims to address inequitable access to primary care by retaining reduced patient co-payments for high needs populations.

Radio Assurance: Ensure the Operation of Emergency Services' Critical Communications Radio Networks

$22.2 million operating
This initiative aims to ensure the Emergency Services (New Zealand Police, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, St John and Wellington Free Ambulance) critical communications radio networks remain operational until the transition to the Next Generation Critical Communications (NGCC) capability.

Reducing Risk in Critical Systems and Implementing Legislative Change

$74 million operating
$63 million capital

This initiative aims to maintain the Ministry of Social Development's provision of services to over 1 million New Zealanders and make $24 billion in payments annually, by stabilising the computer systems at highest risk of serious failure.

Relativity Mechanism Dispute Resolution

$2.5 million operating
This initiative will enable the Crown to participate in the resolution of disputes arising from the Relativity Mechanisms included in the historical Treaty settlements with Waikato-Tainui and Ngāi Tahu.

Remediation of Executive Wing Exterior

$10 million capital
This funding will enable the remediation of the exterior of the Beehive. Remedial works include the replacement of concrete, asbestos removal and stopping the ingress of water which leads to interior damage.

Schools Payroll Holidays Act 2003 Remediation Payments

$63.5 million operating
This initiative aims to ensure current and former school staff receive corrective payments where they have not been paid in accordance with the requirements of the Holidays Act 2003, as identified through a compliance analysis programme which is under way.

Social Work Sector: Improving Professionalism Through Managing Mandatory Registration

$2.4 million operating
This initiative aims to protect the safety of those who are most vulnerable, especially children and the elderly, by enhancing the professionalism of social workers. This will be done through providing funding to increase the capacity of the Social Workers Registration Board, a Crown entity, so it can implement mandatory, rather than voluntary, registration for social workers, which is required by law.

Supporting the Continued Delivery of Emergency Ambulance Services

$17.2 million operating
This initiative allows emergency ambulance services to continue to deliver timely emergency services to New Zealanders and improve outcomes for people suffering from medical emergencies.

Supporting the Reform of the New Zealand Racing Industry

$46.5 million operating
This initiative provides a contribution to the Racing Industry Transition Agency which will implement the Government's reform of the New Zealand Racing Industry, and by repealing the totalisator duty paid to the Government to allow the New Zealand Racing Board to distribute more funding to racing and sports codes.

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