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Tempers flared in Wellington on Wednesday as Grant Robertson fronted up to a select committee to defend his first Budget, but the dispute yet again highlighted the political positioning of both parties over debt.

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The New Zealand air force’s aging P-3 Orions suffered five separate engine failures within the space of a fortnight, bolstering calls for their replacement. Sam Sachdeva reports.

Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University forecasts some of the spin likely to accompany Thursday’s Budget. He argues we should be careful not to believe the hype, and the Government shouldn’t be given a free pass if their Budget isn’t up to dealing with the problems facing the country.

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has unveiled a nearly $1 billion boost for the Government’s foreign policy and international aid budget, arguing the funding is crucial for New Zealand’s security after a decade of underfunding.