The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) and the Government’s 2020 Budget Policy Statement will be published on Wednesday 11 December.
Journalists and analysts are invited to register their interest to attend a briefing under lock-up conditions.
The lock-up will be held from 11:00am until 1:00pm on Wednesday 11 December at Level 3, the Treasury, 1 The Terrace, Wellington. Access to the lock-up venue will be available from 10:30am.
The Secretary to the Treasury, Caralee McLiesh, will open the briefing, after which the HYEFU documents will be distributed. The Minister of Finance, the Hon Grant Robertson, is expected to arrive at around midday to give a presentation, before opening the floor to questions.
As in previous years, priority for seats at the lock-up will be given to national and international news 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 indicates your acceptance of embargo provisions (see the terms and conditions below). Note all documents will be published on the Treasury’s website at or shortly after 1:00pm on the day.
The Treasury will aim to contact those who have registered an interest to attend by 5:00pm Friday 6 December to either confirm or discuss registration applications. Numbers are restricted by the space available. Although we will make efforts to accommodate everyone, the number of people attending from any one organisation may be limited and some registrations may be declined.
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Terms and conditions for attending the HYEFU 2019 media and analysts 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 HYEFU lock-up are:
- No information (including but not limited to text, voice, images or data) may be transmitted, received or released in any manner from the HYEFU lock-up from 11:00am until the embargo is lifted at 1:00pm on Wednesday 11 December 2019. Please note this includes social media. This restriction applies irrespective of whether the information is about the HYEFU or not.
- 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.
- At 12:50pm, those attending the lock-up briefing will be permitted to start preparations to transmit information.
- No one will be permitted to leave the venue once HYEFU information has been distributed.
- 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.
- 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 HYEFU information.