The Wellbeing Budget

Transforming the economy

Initiatives: A sustainable future – policy and institutional change, part 1

Accelerating a Local Government Reform Programme to Enhance Community Wellbeing and Strengthen Local Governance

$10 million operating
This initiative helps to enhance community wellbeing and strengthen local governance by funding additional staff to work with local government to make improvements to water services, develop strategies to manage natural hazards and climate change, and improve local government financial sustainability.

Bonamia Response: Compensation and Operating Costs

$7 million operating
This initiative provides for outstanding costs associated with the 2015 biosecurity response to Bonamia ostreae, a parasitic infection in New Zealand's farmed and wild oysters. This funding will meet the expected legal liability of the cost of outstanding compensation claims associated with destruction of oysters and equipment from 14 Stewart Island oyster farms as part of the response.

Delivering Better Responses to Emergencies: Building National Crisis Management Centre Resilience

$5.8 million operating
$0.2 million capital

This initiative provides funding to implement arrangements to manage a national crisis if the National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC) in Wellington is unavailable.

Delivering Better Responses to Emergencies: Establishing a New National Emergency Management Agency

$12 million operating
This initiative provides funding to establish a new national emergency management agency (NEMA) to replace the existing Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM).

Delivering Better Responses to Emergencies: Establishing Fly-In Teams

$0.7 million capital
This initiative provides for the capital requirements associated with establishing Fly-In Teams to support the response to emergencies in New Zealand.

Eradicating Mycoplasma Bovis

$472 million operating
This initiative supports additional biosecurity response activities to eradicate Mycoplasma Bovis. The funding will also contribute to the legal liability for compensation costs, primarily associated with the loss of stock and milk production.

Essential Freshwater Work Programme

Non-spending initiative
In October 2018, the Government launched an Essential Freshwater Work Programme to stop further degradation and loss, reverse past damage and address water allocation issues. These will be achieved through a new National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management and a new National Environmental Standard for Freshwater Management, among other things.

Funding to Continue Protecting New Zealand from Imported Threats

$50.6 million operating
This initiative aims to ensure that Customs can: maintain its current ability to manage risks at the border; efficiently and effectively clear goods for entry into New Zealand; and keep pace with the forecasted 23 per cent growth in trade volumes by 2020/21. This will be achieved through funding to offset the loss of third party revenue forgone as a result of Inland Revenue's new system for collecting Goods and Services Tax (GST) on imported low-value goods.

Growing Compliance and Enforcement Capacity for Food Safety, Animal Welfare and Fisheries

$38 million operating
$1.3 million capital

This initiative will improve the Ministry for Primary Industry's capacity to detect and respond to increasing non-compliance in the areas of food safety, animal welfare and fisheries.

Implementation of the Global Harmonised System of Chemical Classifications and a New Hazardous Substances Database

$1.1 million operating
$2.4 million capital

This initiative will improve the safe use of chemicals in workplaces and by consumers, through providing funding to align New Zealand's chemicals classification and labelling system with international practices and create a new hazardous substances database.

Implementing Improved Monitoring of Fishing Catch on Commercial Fishing Vessels – Providing Greater Assurance of Sustainable Fishing Practices

$13.5 million operating
$3.6 million capital

This initiative aims to give greater assurance of sustainable commercial fishing practices by funding a proof of concept to improve monitoring of fishing catch. This will enable Fisheries New Zealand to develop and refine the approach for any future stages.

Improving New Zealand's Resource Efficiency by Reducing Waste

$4 million operating
This initiative will reduce waste and facilitate the transition to a circular economy by providing funding to improve the Ministry for the Environment's policy capability to support resource efficiency.

Improving the Safety and Security of Conservation Workers and Volunteers

$10.7 million operating
This initiative aims to ensure Department of Conservation employees and volunteers are safe and secure while at work by providing funding for a Chief Security Officer support team and increasing the Department's health and safety presence in the regions.

Increasing and Improving the Management of Crown Pastoral Land

$3.1 million operating
This initiative aims to support lower impact land use. This will be achieved through increasing Land Information New Zealand's capability and capacity to manage approximately 1.2 million hectares of Crown pastoral land.

Making New Zealand Households and Businesses Safer During Severe Weather Events: Public Safety Weather Forecasting

$3.1 million operating
This is part of the Making New Zealand Households And Businesses Safer During Severe Weather Events package. This initiative will make households and businesses safer by maintaining the accuracy and timeliness of severe weather warning forecasting services.

Making New Zealand Households and Businesses Safer During Severe Weather Events: Weather Radar Upgrades

$1.8 million operating
This initiative will make households and businesses safer by maintaining the accuracy and timeliness of severe weather warning forecasting services. The funding will enable MetService to replace weather radars that are at the end of their serviceable and economic lives.

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