The political week ahead - 11 December 2017

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This week sees the Labour-led government release the Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU - pronounced hi-foo) and also reveal what will amount to a mini-Budget. Though given the scale of the funding shifts required to accommodate the policies agreed to in the coalition and confidence and supply documents, it's not likely to be very mini at all.


  • Cabinet meets from around 10am through to about 1pm.
  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will host her post-Cabinet press conference around 4pm.
  • Statistics NZ releases Electronic Card Transaction data for November 2017 (given the good weather and the start of the holiday shopping season, you'd expect this to be ticking up strongly)


  • Party caucuses meet, so watch for the gallery tweeting, and sometimes live streaming the caucus runs shortly before 10am.
  • The House is sitting. There's Question Time at 2pm, followed by the rather uninspiring Order Paper which will likely see the government filibustering as they try to eek out time until Thursday.
  • Statistics NZ releases the accommodation survey for October 2017. Given the strength of the tourism sector, this should show strong growth.


  • The House is sitting, with this being a Members' Day I think. Question Time as per normal at 2pm.
  • Statistics NZ releases the Food Price Index for November 2017 (effectively a measure of inflation for the price of food) and the Tourism Satellite Index for 2017.


  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi is released at 12:01am.
  • The Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update will be released by Treasury. From memory these come out sometime between 9am and 11am. I'm assuming that the mini-Budget will be revealed at the same time, rather than in the House. However, it is possible that the government will want an urgent debate on the mini-Budget.
  • The House is sitting, though after Question Time it will be moving into urgency to consider legislation from the government's mini-Budget.
  • The Press Gallery is having its Christmas Party.
  • Statistics NZ releases the Agricultural production statistics for June 2017.


  • It's possible that the House will be sitting under urgency on Friday, and even into Saturday, to push through legislation from the mini-Budget.
  • Statistics NZ releases their Labour Force Projections through to 2068, and Transport Vehicle Registrations for November 2017.