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Media statement

Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the Five Months Ended 30 November 2006

Issue date: 
Wednesday, 31 January 2007
Status: 
Current
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Dr Peter Bushnell
Deputy Secretary to the Treasury

The Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the five months ended 30 November 2006 were released by the Treasury today.

The 30 November 2006 monthly financial statements are compared against updated monthly forecast tracks based on the 2006 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update.

 

$ million November
2006
Actual
YTD
November
2006
Forecast
YTD
Variance
$m
HYEFU June
2007
Forecast
June
2006
Actual
Residual cash 725 735 (10) 107 2,985
Operating balance 3,480 2,855 625 6,260 11,473
OBERAC 3,097 2,855 242 6,656 8,648
Gross sovereign-issued debt 37,614 36,958 656 37,867 35,461
% of GDP 23.8 23.4 0.4 23.3 22.6
Net core Crown debt 6,757 6,891 (134) 6,382 7,745
% of GDP 4.3 4.4 (0.1) 3.9 4.9
Net core Crown debt with NZS Fund assets (4,393) (4,095) (298) (6,271) (2,116)
% of GDP (2.8) (2.6) (0.2) (3.9) (1.3)
Net worth 74,929 74,313 616 77,718 71,403

The residual cash of $0.7 billion was in line with forecast.

The operating balance of $3.5 billion was higher than forecast by $0.6 billion. The primary driver was investment income (from NZSF, ACC and EQC), which is retained by the entities. Tax revenue and core Crown expenses were both broadly in line with forecast.

Gross sovereign-issued debt (GSID) of $37.6 billion (23.8% of GDP) was higher than forecast by $0.7 billion. This difference was largely due to a technical timing difference (relating to the difference between the forecast settlement date and the actual trade date of financial instruments for foreign exchange trades, commercial papers and reverse repositions).

Net core Crown debt of $6.8 billion was $0.1 billion lower than forecast, largely as a result of higher than expected net cash flows from operations and issues of circulating currency, offset by slightly higher than forecast net purchases of physical assets.

ENDS

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Last updated: 
Tuesday, 30 October 2007