Budget 2018 - Summary of all spending plans

This table outlines the New Zealand Government's planned spending for the 2018/19 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 17, 2018.

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. Figures for each allocation are in millions of NZ$.

Actual 2014/15 Actual 2015/16 Actual 2016/17 Actual 2017/18   Budget 2018/19 %
NZ$m NZ$m NZ$m NZ$m   NZ$m  
349.9 217.5 - - Canterbury Earthquake Recovery (old) - -
3.2 3.3 3.4 3.4 Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment 3.8 0.0
5.4 4.7 4.7 5.3 Women 5.4 0.0
9.2 9.1 9.5 11.2 Serious Fraud 9.8 0.0
8.6 8.9 9.3 10.9 Pacific Peoples 10.4 0.0
- - - 4.2 Pike River Re-entry 17.1 0.0
12.2 12.5 15.0 18.6 Ombudsmen 21.7 0.0
20.1 20.3 22.9 23.6 Office of the Clerk 22.6 0.0
18.6 19.2 21.8 23.3 Parliamentary Counsel 23.3 0.0
28.8 29.6 28.4 33.7 Education Review Office 30.1 0.0
40.7 41.4 44.0 64.8 State Services 60.0 0.1
56.8 61.2 66.8 68.8 Attorney-General 70.9 0.1
46.3 60.0 110.4 136.8 Prime Minister and Cabinet 76.7 0.1
44.8 50.2 57.1 68.6 Security Intelligence 81.8 0.1
89.5 84.2 89.2 89.2 Sport and Recreation 89.2 0.1
87.4 89.4 90.9 95.2 Audit 94.3 0.1
- - - - Forestry 138.5 0.1
86.8 132.9 114.0 138.6 Communications Security and Intelligence 153.3 0.1
122.0 143.5 156.3 209.0 Statistics 154.6 0.2
142.0 148.8 150.0 172.3 Parliamentary Service 155.7 0.2
192.3 193.3 197.5 219.3 Customs 230.6 0.2
399.2 227.5 299.6 251.7 Defence 314.6 0.3
214.0 240.9 291.8 328.7 Maori Development 316.4 0.3
283.2 274.6 326.6 300.4 Arts, Culture and Heritage 322.7 0.3
165.7 474.8 176.1 349.7 Treaty Negotiations 401.1 0.4
438.5 529.9 525.1 551.1 Justice 479.0 0.5
392.2 416.6 440.0 448.0 Conservation 491.1 0.5
442.1 441.8 456.3 478.2 Foreign Affairs and Trade 549.6 0.5
219.5 216.3 292.3 550.4 Lands 598.2 0.6
546.1 556.3 625.0 710.8 Internal Affairs 666.0 0.7
410.7 259.2 316.8 491.7 Building and Housing 732.9 0.7
629.9 703.9 719.3 1,014.4 Agriculture, Biosecurity, Fisheries and Food Safety 745.4 0.7
568.2 592.1 592.2 713.5 Official Development Assistance 768.4 0.8
643.7 673.5 690.8 751.2 Courts 776.4 0.8
254.7 295.7 442.8 955.2 Environment 813.3 0.8
- - 156.6 884.3 Oranga Tamariki 951.9 0.9
1,595.7 1,626.3 1,679.9 1,775.3 Police 1,873.6 1.8
1,493.4 1,543.3 1,601.7 1,794.0 Corrections 1,965.7 1.9
1,360.5 1,532.7 1,704.3 1,877.5 Labour Market 2,004.1 2.0
- - - 2,358.5 Social Housing 2,772.3 2.7
1,963.7 2,068.2 1,934.3 2,491.3 Business, Science and Innovation 3,040.6 3.0
2,983.1 2,876.2 3,010.8 3,149.0 Defence Force 3,440.1 3.4
2,999.8 3,029.6 2,991.8 3,228.4 Tertiary Education 3,444.2 3.4
3,959.3 3,514.6 3,667.9 5,619.1 Transport 5,373.5 5.3
5,308.8 7,097.4 5,307.7 5,303.4 Finance 5,996.8 5.9
6,064.9 5,696.8 5,663.7 5,917.1 Revenue 7,223.1 7.1
10,243.6 10,741.7 11,094.7 11,777.4 Education 12,260.2 12.0
15,033.7 15,279.8 18,395.0 16,544.1 Health 18,225.4 17.8
23,221.3 23,978.9 24,861.5 22,908.4 Social Development 24,284.9 23.7
83,200.2 86,218.5 89,455.5 94,919.7 Grand Total 102,281.4 100.0
245,013 257,716 274,290 290,750 GDP (nominal, per RBNZ) 303,700 E
34.0% 33.5% 32.6% 32.6% Govt spending - % of GDP 33.7% E
and this compares with taxes collected as follows:
83,199.9 88,230.7 93,623.8 97,949.5 Total tax collected 103,329.4  
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12 Comments

Am I missing something? According to the above figures we will spend less on Health than the previous year.

and edited for stupidity, apologies, completely missed the far right column.

that was an error on our part, which has now been fixed.

AND just look at Social Welfare ............ almost as much as Health and education combined .

That pesky Accommodation Supplement which is nothing more than a drip directly into Landlords arteries needs to be turned off .

The largest Social Welfare cost - by far - is for NZ Superannuation. $14.5 bln or almost 60% of the Social Welfare budget. We will have drilldown detail up tomorrow.

Woah, woah, woah David, we can't have that kind of chat, stop with your facts and stuff.

Although Boatie is right, we do need to stop the landlord subsidies, I'm pretty sure their "hard-earned" capital gains that they've worked so hard for, should suffice without the need for further augmentation.

$14.5B on superannuation that is crazy.

err you could ask the pensioners for means testing (by and far the largest cost & majority of social welfare) but they would be pretty annoyed at any reductions. They might even stage a protest, not online but the sort of sit in types.

Anybody know what is covered under the line "Defence" and what is covered under the line "Defence Force"?

Great effort David.
I watched the pitch this afternoon but we really need the numbers to understand what is going on.

Didnt hear a word this afternoon about the $500 million added to the tertiary sector, hope its not a bailout for those loss making polytechnics.

In theory those polytechs should be flat out training building apprentices, plumber's and sparkies and construction project managers for kiwibuild...