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Budget at a Glance

Delivering for New Zealanders

The outlook for the economy is positive and the Crown's books are steadily improving.

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Real GDP growth of 3.1 per cent on average over the next five years.

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Over 200,000 more jobs created over the last three years and another 215,000 expected by 2021.

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Rising surpluses and net debt falls to 19.3 per cent of GDP in 2020/21.

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The average wage is expected to rise to $64,300 a year by 2021.

New spending in Budget 2017

Net new operating spending in Budget 2017 averages
Net new capital expenditure in Budget 2017 totals
$1.8ba year

The Government's Fiscal Priorities

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Maintain rising OBEGAL surpluses over the forecast period so that cash surpluses are generated and net debt begins to reduce in dollar terms.

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Reduce net debt to around 20 per cent of GDP in 2020, and to between 10 and 15 per cent of GDP by 2025.

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Invest in the public services and infrastructure needed for a growing country.

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As fiscal conditions allow, adjust tax and transfer settings to improve family incomes and simplify the tax and transfer system.

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