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Budget smartphone app cost Govt $59k

By ONE News

Published: 7:31PM Monday May 28, 2012 Source: ONE News

The Government's new smartphone and tablet app for Budget 2012 was downloaded more than 8000 times at a cost of over $6 per download for the Government.

The app, called 'NZ Budget', could be downloaded to Android phones, iPhones, and tablets.

It was developed in less than four weeks by Treasury and Wellington company PaperKite, and allowed users to read the Budget speech, watch video coverage of the speech as well as key budget documents and read ministers' public statements.

Finance Minister Bill English said it was New Zealand's most popular free-download app on Budget day, but came at a cost of $59,000 to develop.

The app was downloaded 8600 times at a Government cost of $6.86 per download.

English said it would be funded through savings in Budget printing costs, which are expected to be at least $100,000.

English said he was pleased the app was popular.

"It confirms that New Zealanders have an appetite for receiving information in new, innovative ways.

"It's also a good example of the Government's focus on delivering better, more innovative, public services."

The Treasury will update the Budget app each year, and use it as the base for other related government information.