Registrations of interest to attend the Budget 2019 lock-up are now being taken.
Budget 2019 will be published on Thursday 30 May 2019. Journalists and analysts are invited to register their interest to attend a briefing under lock-up conditions.
What: Embargoed briefing, under lock-up conditions, for Budget 2019.
Where: The Banquet Hall, Parliament, Wellington.
When: 10.30am to 2.00pm on Thursday 30 May 2019.
Access will be available to the Banquet Hall from 10.00am.
The Minister of Finance will attend the Budget Lock-up briefing. Documents will be available from 10.30am and Treasury officials will be available to answer technical questions arising from the Budget documents.
As in previous years, priority for seats at the Lock-up briefing will be given to:
- national and international media organisations, and
- economic and financial analysts attached to either financial institutions or national organisations that provide relevant specialist advisory services.
Terms and Conditions for attending the Budget Lock-up
By registering your interest to attend, you agree to respect the rules of the Budget lock-up. 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 Budget 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 Budget lock-up from 10.30am until the embargo is lifted at 2.00pm on Thursday 30 May 2019. Please note this includes social media. This restriction applies irrespective of whether the information is about the Budget or not.
- Mobile phones do not need to be surrendered before entering the lock-up, but should be turned off or switched to flight mode until the embargo is lifted.
- At 1.55pm, those attending the lock-up briefing will be permitted to start preparations to transmit information.
- Other than escorted visits to the toilets, no one will be permitted to leave the venue once Budget information has been distributed.
- Accredited representatives of the Parliamentary Press Gallery will be permitted to leave the venue at 1.55pm so they can attend the 2.00pm start of Hon Grant Robertson’s Budget Speech in the House of Representatives. The 2.00pm embargo still applies.
- At 2.00pm Treasury staff will announce the end of the lock-up, which is when information may be transmitted and when remaining journalists and analysts may leave the venue.
- In the unlikely event that the building has to be evacuated before 2.00pm 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 Budget information.
- Camera crew: If your news organisation requires camera crew and equipment at the lock-up, please indicate that with your RSVP.