Bill English was just starting to roll out his social investment idea throughout Government when he lost power. His frustration at Labour's reluctance to wholeheartedly adopt the idea was evident in an interview with Thomas Coughlan.
Will Bill English's vision of highly targeted and data-driven welfare spending survive under Jacinda Ardern? Thomas Coughlan reports it is likely to morph rather than disappear.
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.
In today's email we looked at how the new Batman and Robin of Labour plan to engineer a major change in the way the engine room of Government works.
In today's email we discover the Finance Minister's outlook matches Wellington's sunny weather.
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.
In today's email we followed up the HYEFU highlights.
1. Grant's Budget belt big enough -- just
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."
Former Finance Minister Bill English has described the influence of Australia's big four banks as more pervasive in New Zealand than that of China.