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Lock-up for the 2018/19 Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand

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RSVP by Friday, 27 September 2019 - 12:00pm


As required under the Public Finance Act, the Treasury will publish the audited Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand on Tuesday 8 October 2019.

Interested journalists and analysts are invited to register their interest to attend an embargoed briefing under lock-up conditions which will be held on Level 3 at the Treasury, 1 The Terrace, Wellington.

The lock-up will be held from 11.00am until 1.00pm on 8 October. Doors open at 10.30am.

Finance Minister Hon Grant Robertson is expected to give a presentation at around 12:15pm, before opening the floor to questions.

As in previous years, priority for seats at the lock-up will be given to national and international media organisations and to economic and financial analysts attached to either financial institutions or national organisations that provide relevant specialist advisory services. Registration of interest to attend is an acknowledgement of accepting embargo provisions. Note that the Financial Statements will also be published on the Treasury website at or shortly after 1.00pm on the day.

Terms and conditions for attending the Financial Statements lock-up

Attendance at this event is by invitation only and is limited by available space.

By registering your interest to attend, you agree to respect the rules of the lock-up. These rules apply to all analysts, journalists, camera crew, technicians and anyone attending the lock-up who is not a staff member of the Treasury. Compliance with the rules will be monitored and is taken seriously. Any individual or organisation that breaches the embargo rules may be refused permission to attend future lock-ups hosted by the Treasury.

The terms and conditions for the Financial Statements lock-up are:

  1. No information (including but not limited to text, voice, images or data) may be transmitted, received or released in any manner from the Financial Statements lock-up from 11.00am until the embargo is lifted at 1.00pm on Tuesday 8 October 2019. Please note this includes social media. This restriction applies irrespective of whether the information is about the Financial Statements or not.
  2. Mobile phones do not need to be surrendered before entering the lock-up, but must be turned off or switched to flight mode until the embargo is lifted.
  3. At 12:55pm, those attending the lock-up briefing will be permitted to start preparations to transmit information.
  4. Other than escorted visits to the toilets, no one will be permitted to leave the venue once Financial Statements information has been distributed.
  5. At 1.00pm Treasury staff will announce the end of the lock-up, which is when information may be transmitted and when attendees may leave the venue.
  6. In the unlikely event that the building has to be evacuated before 1.00pm due to an emergency, the embargo will not be lifted. People will be directed to leave immediately but they will not be allowed to transmit or communicate Financial Statements information.
  7. Camera crew: If your news organisation requires camera crew and equipment at the lock-up, please indicate that with your RSVP.

For enquiries and to register your interest in attending the lock-up, please contact:

Last updated: 
Tuesday, 10 September 2019