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This data release captures and reports on expenditure incurred in relation to new appropriations established as part of the Government’s response to COVID-19. It includes expenditure incurred on initiatives announced on 17 March 2020 and subsequent initiatives that have been funded through the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund (CRRF).   

The below table shows the cumulative expenditure incurred from the beginning of the pandemic response through to 31 March 2021 against new appropriations with expenditure over $100m. This list includes both capital and operating expenditure.

Cumulative Expenditure Incurred from the Beginning of the Pandemic Response through to 31 March 2021
Vote Appropriation $m
Social Development Business Support Subsidy Covid-19 13,353.503
Revenue Small Business Cashflow Scheme COVID-19 1,705.857
Finance Shovel ready project funding – Crown infrastructure Partners 1,034.893
Revenue Initial Fair Value Write-Down Relating to the Small Business Cashflow Scheme COVID-19 818.812
Building and Construction Isolation and Quarantine Management 489.316
Finance COVID-19: Loans to Air New Zealand 350.000
Transport Maintaining Airfreight Capacity 328.991
Transport COVID-19 – NLTF Funding for Cost Pressures and Revenue Shocks 326.243
Transport COVID-19 – NLTF Borrowing Facility 325.000
Social Development COVID-19 Income Relief Assistance 196.348
Health Minimising the health impacts of COVID-19 192.742
Revenue COVID-19 Resurgence Support Payment 192.481
Finance Shovel Ready Project Funding – Ōtākaro Limited 137.145
Health National Response to COVID-19 Across the Health Sector 125.803
Transport Meeting fees, charges and levies on behalf of airlines 111.126
Business, Science and Innovation Support the Growth and Development of New Zealand Firms, Sectors and Regions 105.297

Not all the initiatives introduced by the Government have resulted in the establishment of a new appropriation or require an appropriation.

Some initiatives represented an extension of existing government activities and fell within existing appropriations.  Expenditure incurred under pre-existing appropriations is not captured in this data release. For example, some funding received by Vote Education (such as funding to support mental health and wellbeing and funding to expand Ka Ora Ka Ako Healthy School Lunches Programme) and some funding received by Vote Health (all non-immunisation related expenditure in 2019/20, as well as a portion of non-immunisation related expenditure in 2020/21 and 2021/22) was incurred against existing appropriations and is therefore not captured in the data release.

Some initiatives introduced provided tax relief to taxpayers, which results in a reduction in tax revenue rather than an increase in expenditure to the Crown, therefore no appropriation is necessary

The amount appropriated (and the amount of expenditure incurred) may differ from the amount managed against the CRRF.

For each initiative, the net expected fiscal cost (as estimated at the time the decision is made) on net core Crown debt is managed against the CRRF.

The amount appropriated represents the authority to incur expenditure (either operating or capital) rather than the net expected fiscal cost on net core Crown debt. In some cases, the appropriated amount and net expected fiscal cost will be the same. For others these two figures will be different. Two examples of this are: Loans to Air New Zealand (where expected repayments reduce the expected fiscal cost on net core Crown debt but not the appropriated amount) and the Small Business Cashflow Scheme (where valuation losses from the loans require an appropriation but do not have a fiscal cost on net core Crown debt and where repayments are also expected).

This release does not include CRRF related new appropriations created during Budget 2021. These will be included in the next release.

Details of where Non-financial Performance Information in respect of these appropriations will be or has been reported can be found in the relevant Estimates documents

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