Defence and Foreign Affairs ($927.7 million operating total and $942.5 million total capital)
The Budget 2020 package includes $666.3 million operating total for the Defence portfolio to fund critical pressures facing the sector. This funding will support investment in areas like information and communications technology (ICT) and Defence estate infrastructure. It will also enhance military capability to support the delivery of Government defence and security policy priorities, which play a vital role in supporting essential New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and Government activities.
The package also includes $55.6 million for New Zealand to provide further Official Development Assistance (ODA), bringing New Zealand's overall ODA spending to almost 0.3 per cent of forecast Gross National Income.
Key initiatives in this area include:
- Defence Capability Plan 2019 - Contingent Funding to Support the Introduction of New Capabilities ($898 million total capital). This is contingent funding towards the replacement of the NZDF's ageing C-130H Hercules fleet with newer C-130J Super Hercules aircraft (the preferred option at this stage).
- Delivering on the Strategic Defence Policy Statement 2018 ($666.3 million operating total). This initiative provides funding to meet government policy and capability priorities, such as regenerating the ageing Defence estate, and information and communications technology.
- Official Development Assistance ($55.6 million operating total). This initiative provides further Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. This assistance will be used to support human rights and effective governance, gender equality and women's empowerment and child and youth wellbeing in these countries.