As part of Budget 2019 [The Treasury guide 'Putting it Together'(external link) provides an overview of New Zealand’s State sector finance system and how the Budget process works, $9.180 million of funding was provided to ensure an effective, timely Crown Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions (the Abuse in Care Inquiry). The following table shows how the funding is spread across a number of appropriations [An appropriation is a parliamentary authorisation for the Crown or an Office of Parliament to incur expenses or capital expenditure] and Votes [A Vote is a grouping of one or more appropriations that are the responsibility of a Minister of the Crown and are administered by a department. Votes generally take the name of the portfolio of the Vote Minister].

The funding covers a cross-agency Crown Secretariat to deliver a coordinated Crown approach, legal support for representation and procedural questions, HR support for affected staff, and specialist support to agencies for researching and providing information to the Abuse in Care Inquiry and individuals affected by the Inquiry.

 

Vote and appropriation

What it covers for the Crown Response

Funding for the Crown Response ($, million)

Vote Oranga Tamariki

Appropriation: Crown Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-Based Institutions (M66)

A separate appropriation that covers funding for:

  • Crown Secretariat, cross-agency legal support for representation and procedural questions, cross-agency specialist records and research support
  • Oranga Tamariki records retrieval, and support for affected staff and NGOs

6.748

Vote Internal Affairs

Appropriation: Civic Information Services (M41)

Included within the ongoing multi-category expense appropriation for the management of New Zealand’s civic and government information is funding for:

  • Archives NZ records retrieval and digitisation

1.418

Vote Education

Appropriation: Oversight of the Education System (M26)

Included within the ongoing multi-category expense appropriation for policy advice, research, monitoring and related services is funding for:

  • Education sector research, records management and support services for staff, providers and schools

0.464

Vote Courts

Appropriation: Courts, Tribunals and Other Authorities Services, including the Collection and Enforcement of Fines and Civil Debts Services (M19)

Included within the ongoing multi-category expense appropriation for services to courts, tribunals and other authorities is funding for:

  • Courts records retrieval and information management

0.200

Vote State Services

Appropriation: Policy Advice and Leadership of the Public Sector (M66)

Included within the ongoing multi-category expense appropriation to support decision making and leading the Public Management System is funding for:

  • Research and retrieval of historical State sector employment records

0.200

Vote Health

Appropriation: Managing the purchase of services (M36)

Included within the ongoing multi-category expense appropriation for the Ministry of Health’s responsibilities for purchasing services for the public and health and disability sector on behalf of the Crown is funding for:

  • Health sector research and records support

0.150

 

Total

9.180

The funding is for one year only. The Crown Response will be applying for the following year’s funding as part of each Budget process. This will help ensure that agencies are responding to the specific needs of the Abuse in Care Inquiry and people affected by the Inquiry in a given year.

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