Before becoming Prime Minister, a politician sent leaflets to households in the Mount Albert electorate then being contested. The leaflets pledged first “that human values are more important than material values” and “Social Security is the right of every New Zealander, young and old”.
8 things that mattered this week
The last week has seen the Labour-led Government confirm it is not going to deviate far from National’s fiscal policies, and will continue to fund public services at similar levels. How do we explain this insistence on fiscal conservatism in the face of clear and urgent need, and growing calls for change? Victoria University’s Dr Bryce Edwards argues that the Finance Minister and his colleagues have become so immersed in pragmatic electoral calculations they’ve lost touch with the shift away from orthodox economics.
The news that matters this morning
Bernard Hickey argues Labour should respond to Auckland's man-made infrastructure disaster the same way National responded to Christchurch's natural disaster: by using its strong balance sheet to borrow and build.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has issued a stark warning ahead of the May 17 Budget, saying the Government had discovered the budget situations in Health and Education were much worse than she expected when in Opposition.
Back by popular demand, here's the 8 things that mattered in our political economy in the (short) week that was, along with Weekend Reads at bottom.
In this morning's email we detail the delay in the reporting of cases of sexual misconduct to the Law Society by Russell McVeagh, as well as looking under the hood of the "Wellbeing Budget".
The new Government wants New Zealand to become a world leader in targeting 'wellbeing' with its Budgets, starting in 2019. Thomas Coughlan explains what that might mean.
The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has made a blatant bid for more money in this year’s Budget - and it seems likely his prayers will be answered.