Articles tagged Budget 2018

Jacinda Ardern and Grant Robertson plan to transform the way Government measures success in next year's Budget. Their 'Wellbeing' Budget will go beyond GDP, surpluses and debt. Bernard Hickey reports.

Finance Minister Grant Robertson is encouraged by the state of the economy and the Government's books despite lower business confidence, but is eyeing an elevated currency. Bernard Hickey reports.

Rod Oram took a close look at the Treasury's fresh forecasts to find some reassuring scenarios. But he points overseas to the risks around Donald Trump and a frothy stockmarket as factors that could turn the Goldilocks view on its head.


Treasury has gone through the Labour-led Government's policies with a fine tooth comb teasing out where costs will increase, and listed them as "policy change risks."

The new Government has unveiled a Budget outlook that fits its big health, education, transport and welfare spending plans within its self-imposed restrictions to reduce debt and keep running surpluses.

Speaking on the eve of this Thursday's key Half Yearly Economic and Fiscal Update, Finance Minister Grant Robertson has emphasised his direction to ministers to cut spending in unwanted areas to ensure the Government meets its fiscal responsibility rules.