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Michael Gordon, Senior Economist at Westpac, notes that the New Zealand Government’s financial statements revealed a much larger surplus and lower net debt than expected for the June 2018 year.

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“Some of this was due to higher tax revenue, but the majority was due to unplanned delays in operational and capital spending. While some catch-up is expected, delays in spending tend to persist from year to year.”

“The stronger than expected starting point provides some leeway if economic growth fails to live up to the Treasury’s upbeat forecasts.”

“It also implies that in upcoming fiscal updates the Government could announce even more stimulus for the economy than is already  planned.”