The Wellbeing Budget

Transforming the economy

Initiatives: A sustainable future – policy and institutional change, part 2

Maritime Non-Oil Incident Response: Enabling New Zealand to Effectively Respond to Non-Oil Pollution Incidents at Sea

$3.1 million operating
This initiative ensures the impacts of a non-oil maritime incident to our environment and economy are minimised. This will be done by continuing training and drills, and purchasing equipment to ensure New Zealand is ready in the event of an incident.

Productive and Sustainable Land Use: Climate Change Commission and Government Response

$42.7 million operating
$0.4 million capital

This initiative supports New Zealand's transition to more sustainable land use and a low emissions and climate-resilient economy. This will be done by providing funding to establish key institutions and regulations and ensuring the Government has the resources to deliver on its obligations and commitments.

Productive and Sustainable Land Use: Enabling the Transition in Agriculture

$122.2 million operating
This initiative provides funding for: on-the-ground advice to farmers; supporting Māori agribusiness; information, tools and advice to support farmers making change to more environmentally sustainable and higher value production; improving on-farm emissions data and upgrading decision and regulatory tools; and protecting high-value food exports and updating our official assurances system.

Productive and Sustainable Land Use: Freshwater and Transition to a Sustainable and Low Emissions Economy

$64.3 million operating
This initiative forms part of the Productive and Sustainable Land Use package. It will provide funding to establish key institutions and regulations.

Protecting Lakes, Rivers and Lands from Invasive Pests and Weeds

$7.5 million operating
This initiative aims to minimise the high risk of major pest and weed outbreaks in many iconic lakes, rivers and lands stewarded by the Crown. This will be done by providing for the acceleration and enhancement of existing biosecurity programmes, and prioritisation of key sites.

Reforms to the Resource Management Act

Non-spending initiative
The Government is undertaking a two stage process to reform the resource management system. A Bill will shortly be introduced to Parliament addressing immediate issues with the Resource Management Act (RMA). The second stage will be a comprehensive review of the resource management system, focused on the RMA.

Response Activities to Eliminate Fruit Flies in Auckland

$5 million operating
This initiative ensures that fruit flies cannot establish and maintain a breeding population in Auckland by funding extended surveillance, management of risk material, and fruit fly trapping in three suburbs of Auckland between February and April 2019.

Schools Energy Efficiency Package

$6.1 million operating
$13 million capital

This initiative aims to improve the sustainability of the school property portfolio, including energy efficiency, in support of wider Government goals.

Securing and Strengthening the Resilience of the Biosecurity System

$12.3 million operating
This initiative will build greater resilience and more effective risk management in the biosecurity system. This will be done through providing funding for: fit-for-purpose workforce planning and management systems to ensure New Zealand's border service workforce is efficiently deployed and managed across New Zealand; improving diagnostic and surveillance capability to respond to growing volumes and diversifying Ministry for Primary Industries' (MPI's) scientific expertise; Tiaki, a programme which that will provide MPI with a better information technology (IT) system to manage biosecurity responses; and building MPI's capability to better manage marine and freshwater biosecurity risks.

Strategic Science Solutions to Combat Kauri Dieback

$20.8 million operating
This initiative aims to provide a critical foundation for effective management of kauri dieback. This will be done through funding new strategic research to inform the development of new tools and approaches to counter kauri dieback.

Strengthening the Integrity of the Environmental Management System

$30.5 million operating
$3.9 million capital

This initiative will enable New Zealand to better manage economic and urban growth within environmental limits. This will be done through providing funding for comprehensive reform of the resource management system and the improvement of implementation, compliance and enforcement of National Direction (how resources are managed under the RMA).

The One Billion Trees Programme

$183.8 million operating
This initiative supports the one billion trees programme and increases tree planting by lowering planting barriers for landowners and improving incentives to support planting.

Tsunami Monitoring and Detection Network

$11.7 million capital
This initiative improves the Tsunami monitoring and detection network by purchasing specialised Tsunami detection equipment and systems for deep-ocean deployment.

Watts Peninsula: Improving Wellbeing Through the Establishment of a Reserve

$4 million operating
This funding will establish a reserve at Watts Peninsula in Wellington. Funding will be used to prepare the land for public access and site maintenance until the reserve is established.

Wilding Conifer Control: Protecting Farmland, Biodiversity and Iconic Landscapes

Non-spending initiative
This initiative aims to control wilding conifer infestations and protect against future loss of land productivity, loss of land use opportunities, decreased water availability, and increased fire risk. It will prevent irreversible loss of iconic landscapes and biodiversity and support the expansion of the One Billion Trees programme by making more land available for tree planting.

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