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One of the government’s spending priorities is a transformation towards a low-emissions economy. from www.shutterstock.com

How New Zealand’s well-being budget delivers for the environment

A recent report on the state of New Zealand's environment painted a bleak picture of species losses and freshwater pollution. Budget 2019 signals a shift, but more in intention than sufficient funding.
New Zealand’s well-being budget makes a significant contribution to Māori self-determination. from www.shutterstock.com

Budget lessons in the politics of Indigenous self-determination

Support for Māori and Pasifika communities was a funding priority in New Zealand's well-being budget, but a change in values may have greater impact than more money.
New Zealand’s unemployment rate is better than the OECD average of 5.2%, but 12 OECD countries have lower rates. from www.shutterstock.com

Why reducing unemployment should have been a focus for NZ’s well-being budget

Historically, New Zealand's post-war rate of unemployment was 2% or lower until the early 1980s. Today, 4.4% of New Zealanders are out of work, but the well-being budget is unlikely to bring unemployment rates down.
New Zealand’s well-being budget was based on a set of measures that include cultural identity, environment, income and consumption, and social connections. from www.shutterstock.com

The search for an alternative to GDP to measure a nation’s progress – the New Zealand experience

New analysis shows that if New Zealand replaced GDP with the Genuine Progress Indicator, which accounts for social and environmental costs, it would be only half as well off.
The Office of the Children’s Commissioner and the Ministry for Children have interviewed thousands of children about what well-being means to them. from www.shutterstock.com

Children had no say in New Zealand’s well-being budget, and that matters

When thousands of New Zealand children were asked what well-being meant for them, most wanted enough money for basics, good relationships and to be free from bullying, racism and discrimination.
As part of New Zealand’s transition to a low-emissions economy, emphasis is shifting to innovation and away from traditional agriculture. from www.shutterstock.com

NZ Budget 2019: support for lower-emission business, transport, land use

Under the New Zealand government's well-being approach to the budget, funding that will help reduce emissions is linked with economic development and innovation.
New Zealand’s pledge to spend NZ$1.9 billion on mental health in the next five years includes extra nurses in schools to help 5,600 more secondary students. from www.shutterstock.com

Mental health wins record funding in New Zealand’s first ‘well-being budget’

The New Zealand government has put a record NZ$1.9 billion mental health package at the centre of its well-being budget. It's a welcome step in the right direction.

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