A smartphone and tablet application developed for Budget 2012 cost Government nearly $6.90 per download, new figures show.
The NZ Budget app, developed in less than four weeks by Treasury and Wellington company PaperKite, allowed users to read documents including the Budget speech and watch video coverage.
Government today revealed the app cost $59,000 to develop.
It was downloaded 8600 times, at a cost of $6.86 for every download.
Finance Minister Bill English said the development costs would be funded from $100,000 or more in expected savings in Budget printing.
We have always managed to read the budget without a $59000 app in the past.