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Budget 2021/22 - Summary of all spending plans

Budget 2021/22 - Summary of all spending plans

This table outlines the New Zealand Government's planned spending for the 2021/22 budget year.

Actual spending for the previous four years is on the left.

The numbers are drawn together from data released by the Minister of Finance on May 20, 2021.

Links to the primary sources used, from Treasury's website, can be found at the bottom of the page.

Click on any heading to drill down to what makes up these numbers. (Coming soon) Figures for each allocation are in millions of NZ$.

Actual 
2016/17
Actual
2017/18
Actual
2018/19
Actual 
2019/20
Estimate
2020/21
  Budget
2021/22
%
NZ$m NZ$m NZ$m NZ$m NZ$m   NZ$m  
               
592.2 707 780.2 814.6 0.0 Official Development Assistance (old) 0.0 0.0%
0.0 2,257.1 722.0 0.0 0.0 Social Housing (Old) 0.0 0.0%
0.0 2.2 16.1 17.7 17.3 Pike River Re-entry 1.0 0.0%
3.4 3.3 3.6 3.7 3.7 Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment 3.9 0.0%
4.7 5.2 5.8 6.4 10.1 Women 9.8 0.0%
9.5 10.9 10.4 9.8 14.2 Serious Fraud 14.2 0.0%
21.8 20.5 20.1 20.5 20.8 Parliamentary Counsel 23.1 0.0%
22.9 22.0 21.8 21.2 24.4 Office of the Clerk 24.2 0.0%
28.4 32.0 29.8 32.9 36.5 Education Review Office 36.0 0.0%
15.0 17.3 18.2 23.5 30.5 Ombudsmen 49.3 0.0%
9.3 9.6 11.8 20.0 52.6 Pacific Peoples 51.5 0.0%
44.0 61.7 60.6 60.9 65.7 Public Service 62.1 0.0%
66.8 68.5 68.8 73.3 81.9 Attorney-General 93.9 0.1%
57.1 66.8 74.2 90.0 96.4 Security Intelligence 107.8 0.1%
90.9 94.7 94.5 101.4 113.7 Audit 115.1 0.1%
110.4 90.2 107.4 128.6 139.8 Prime Minister and Cabinet 155.3 0.1%
89.2 89.2 89.3 97.5 212.9 Sport and Recreation 162.9 0.1%
0.0 0.0 134.8 161.4 231.3 Forestry 172.2 0.1%
150.0 152.1 150.0 167.1 235.9 Parliamentary Service 186.7 0.1%
114.0 103.1 129.7 137.0 175.8 Communications, Security and Intelligence 212.7 0.1%
156.3 202.3 160.0 158.2 222.1 Statistics 240.3 0.2%
197.5 214.1 229.4 246.2 298.6 Customs 286.0 0.2%
176.1 305.0 99.7 62.8 557.9 Te Arawhiti 427.8 0.3%
292.3 251.6 293.7 310.7 426.7 Lands 469.4 0.3%
301.7 286 330.6 385.6 605.6 Arts, Culture and Heritage 522.5 0.4%
291.8 306.9 336.1 432.5 524.7 Māori Development 542.2 0.4%
525.1 504.5 509.3 591.2 731.9 Justice 622.7 0.4%
440 441.1 488.5 555.6 717.2 Conservation 799.8 0.5%
690.8 710.4 744.3 791.3 870.2 Courts 886.3 0.6%
719.3 939.4 965.9 913.4 1,155.6 Ag, Biosecurity, Fisheries and Food Safety 962.6 0.7%
625.0 687.8 686 758.3 1,192.5 Internal Affairs 1,051.8 0.7%
316.8 360.4 285.4 112.6 921.4 Building and Construction 1,090.0 0.7%
156.6 863.8 980 1,132.7 1,373.8 Oranga Tamariki 1,468.3 1.0%
456.3 448.8 518.4 524.9 1,474.1 Foreign Affairs 1,524.9 1.0%
442.8 876.8 707.9 853.3 1,180.8 Environment 1,736.9 1.2%
1,679.9 1,757.3 2,089.6 2,201.7 2,291.1 Police 2,189.4 1.5%
1,601.7 1,741.3 2,176.9 2,106.8 2,393.3 Corrections 2,278.6 1.6%
1,704.3 1,874.4 2,000.7 2,086.8 2,518.1 Labour 2,662.9 1.8%
1,934.3 2,252.5 2,620.8 3,342.0 5,721.9 Business, Science and Innovation 3,748.4 2.6%
0 0 1,136.5 1,683.6 2,844.6 Housing and Urban Development 4,693.7 3.2%
3,310.4 3,394.8 4,000.5 6,910.0 4,687.6 Defence Force 5,187.1 3.5%
3,667.9 5,017.0 4,767.8 5,522.8 8,222.4 Transport 7,905.7 5.4%
5,307.7 5,127.8 5,596.5 6,634.0 11,220.9 Finance 8,598.1 5.9%
5,663.7 5,706.7 6,721.0 11,879.2 15,131.9 Revenue 15,597.7 10.6%
13,604.5 14,210.1 15,433.3 17,505.4 17,545.5 Education 19,470.2 13.3%
18,395.0 16,524.8 17,668.7 19,485.8 23,231.3 Health 24,398.2 16.6%
24,861.5 22,831.4 25,769.3 40,865.3 34,435.7 Social Welfare 36,064.2 24.6%
--------- -------- -------- -------- -------- ----------------------------- --------- -----
$88,920 $91,618 $99,836 $130,007 $144,024 Total Expenditure $146,871 100%
$274,612 $292,897 $303,287 $310,261 $316,552 GDP (nominal, per RBNZ) $334,399  
30.5% 29.5% 32.9% 41.9% 45.5% Govt spending as % of GDP 43.9%  
and this compares with taxes collected as follows:      
$ 88,559 $ 92,629 $ 99,597 $ 98,766 $ 107,723 Total Revenues $ 108,891  

The data in this table is net spending, after fee and charges revenues have been deducted from the gross expenditute planned.

Sources: You can download the data behind these tables from the NZ Government website here.

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6 Comments

Interesting so many departments are under-spending, is there a reason they might be so hesitant to put allocated funds to work?

I would isolate Transport and Housing as being particularly disappointing, both in current spending and growth rate, given how urgently the country needs progress on both.

that used to happen a lot in the old days then it was mad dash in the last month to spend as much of the budget as you could so you would not lose it the next year

Classic case I've seen is when everyone got 2 monitors (before it was de jour) for exactly that reason

Haven't seen a lot of talk about the Budget responsibility rules that Labour seems to be ignoring.
https://croakingcassandra.com/2021/05/24/a-questionable-budget/

That leap in Government spending as % of GDP is terrifying.

Are we spending more on debt than we do education?