The Government has inched closer to its first Wellbeing Budget, with the launch of work on new wellbeing measures.
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.
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.
Corrections is the latest government department to discover it may have underpaid its staff, Shane Cowlishaw reports.
The Government promised a boring Budget, and it largely delivered - albeit with a bit of culinary flair and political insult-trading around the fringes, as Sam Sachdeva writes.
National was almost as quick off the mark as journalists when the Budget embargo lifted, claiming the Government was borrowing more, taxing more, and spending more.
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.
Finance Minister Grant Robertson used the traditional pre-Budget speech to announce a fresh cinching of his fiscal belt while remaining coy on exactly where a recent tax revenue windfall will be spent.
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.
The Government will create a Future of Work Forum to help develop policy on the changing nature of the workplace. The creation of the forum was announced by the Prime Minister at a pre-Budget Business New Zealand lunch in Wellington on Thursday.