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Live: Budget 2017

Prime Minister Bill English looks on as Finance Minister Steven Joyce presents the 2017 Budget.

10 min ago  The centrepiece of the budget is a $2b family incomes package that raises two income tax thresholds.

The Budget at a Glance

The Government has a particular focus on families in this year's Budget.

2:10 PM  Confused by all the numbers from this year's Budget? Here's what you need to know.

Paying debt, rationing lollies

Core Crown net debt is forecast to  fall from 23.2 per cent of GDP to 19.3 per cent by June 2021.

2:31 PM  Government focus on putting aside money for a rainy day puts less money in back pockets.

Budget's family package  video

Steven Joyce has announced a package of measures targeted at families. We've unpicked the numbers.

2 min ago  Kiwi families are the big winners with this year's budget. Here's what they're getting.

$2b package to boost incomes video

Joyce's maiden Budget had a much-anticipated family incomes package as the centrepiece.

2:00 PM  Tax cuts and entitlement boosts give an average $26 per week more to 1.3m families.

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Sir Ngatata Love's trial 'unfair'

Sir Ngatata Love is appealing his conviction and sentence for obtaining property by deception.

Lawyer argues Love was "disabled" by dementia and it was unfair he could not defend himself properly.

Budget just a taster

Steven Joyce rules out election year 'lolly scramble' in upcoming budget

OPINION: It's a "wait there's more" Budget - with the extra goodies due for release at election time.

Missed chances to foil bomber video

Salman Abedi was repeatedly flagged to the authorities over his extremist views.

Authorities reportedly warned about Manchester bomber Salman Abedi at least five times before the attack.

Sanford profit higher but competion bites

The new Sanford vessel San Granit that recently arrived in Timaru.

Sanford has highlighted its shift to value added branding but its interim report also reveals headwinds affected the value of the catch.

Earl Hagaman dies

Hagaman with wife Lani after receiving his CNZM award in 2014.

The multi-millionaire businessman, who recently sued Labour leader Andrew Little, has died aged 92.

Facebook signs BuzzFeed, Vox for original video shows

Facebook is planning two tiers of video entertainment.

Facebook is planning two tiers of video entertainment.

Microsoft nears AR future with glasses display prototype

A laser projects onto the near-eye display, making images appear more sharply than ever before through simple glasswear. ...

​As augmented reality technology improves, the holography of Iron Man and Avatar moves a step closer to entering our everyday lives.

Homes empty due to 'red tape' video

Developer Richard Langridge bought Pepperwood Mews for about $2.28 million.

Rich-lister Richard Langridge says Auckland Council processes "riddled with bureaucracy".

$33m repair bill - owners 'hurting'

Shoddy work signed off by private certifiers has been blamed for a $32.8m repair bill on an Auckland apartment complex, ...

No-one left to sue on heartbreaking Auckland leaky apartment building failure.

Qtown backpackers forced to leave

Bungi Backpackers manager Aoife Sheehan, 23, says it's hard to find accommodation in Queenstown in winter, but not ...

Long-term Queenstown backpacker residents "forced to leave home" as their hostel gets demolished to make way for a $60m hotel.

money

Has Kiwisaver saved us?

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Budget speech in parliament.
 Dr Michael Cullen at the conclusion of his speech.
PICTURE: CRAIG SIMCOX ? ...

Ten years since it was started, almost everyone has a Kiwisaver account. But has it just diverted our savings from other things?

Loan company banned

Cash to You Loans banned from operating indefinitely over excessive fees and interest.

Lions fans roaring into town

To tip's not the question video

small business

Middle East eyes luxury Kiwi goods

Maven has opened an office in Dubai.

One Wellington company is tapping into the Middle Eastern market to promote luxury New Zealand products and offer premium Kiwi services.

Kaynemaile meshing well with New York

The #WaveNewYork installation inside Times Square.

A Lower Hutt company took the best architectural product gong at an event in New York.

Curiosity shop's victims

Tree Children's Sara Raider declared bankruptcy owing hundreds of thousands of dollars.

It was open for less than a year, but the owner of a quirky Nelson trinket shop managed to run up debts of more than half a million dollars.

Broadway bounces back

An artist's impression of the Regent Arcade, after a proposed plan to liven up Broadway lighting to make it more ...

Customers spent a total of $9.1m at Broadway Ave businesses in the early months of 2017.

better business

Bullying at work: 'I blamed myself'

A third of workplaces said bullying was an important issue.

How one victim was demeaned, insulted and undermined: "It was like being in an abusive marriage."

Another LookSee?

Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (Wreda) general manager of venues, marketing and destination development ...

Wellington LookSee success international technology industry recruitment programme appears likely to be repeated next year.

Benefits of Motueka ferry questioned

The terminal for the proposed Whanganui to Motueka ferry would be developed in the Moutere Estuary with open water ...

The proposed ferry service between Motueka and Whanganui may deliver jobs, but at what cost?

Work schedules should consider body clock time

Bosses who were morning types were also prone to discriminating against employees who were evening types.

Bosses who were morning types are prone to discriminating against employees who prefer evenings.

property

Homes empty due to 'red tape' video

Developer Richard Langridge bought Pepperwood Mews for about $2.28 million.

Rich-lister Richard Langridge says Auckland Council processes "riddled with bureaucracy".

$33m repair bill - owners 'hurting'

Shoddy work signed off by private certifiers has been blamed for a $32.8m repair bill on an Auckland apartment complex, ...

No-one left to sue on heartbreaking Auckland leaky apartment building failure.

Grow up, Wellington

Wellington's housing density could change in suburban areas if the Housing Forum recommendations are adopted.

Housing crisis can be solved by raising height limits in the suburbs, a report says.

Plans of Paramount importance

Wellington Film Society is rallying to save Wellington's oldest cinema after the cinema's operators announced they would ...

Wellington City Council has released plans to show what a proposed hotel or apartment building in the Paramount Theatre building could look like

opinion & analysis

No smooth sailing for Auckland port

Pattrick Smellie says: ''The port has a nasty habit of becoming a lightning rod for negative publicity''.

OPINION: The Government wants Auckland to pay its share on infrastructure. Cue the port sale talks.

Busting the tax mythbusting

Eric Crampton.

OPINION: It's no myth that at least 40 per cent of households pay no net taxes.

Finer points of going on strike

Demonstrators in Brazil chant during a protest against tightening pensions, as the country continues to suffer through a ...

OPINION: Aussie coal miner who led workers off the job in their underpants ended up getting sacked.

That dreaded savings trapdoor stuff nation

All it can take is one unexpected bill to throw people off course when they're trying to save.

How do you start saving when life keeps throwing unexpected bills at you?

farming

Te Mania wins again at Beef Expo

Will Wilding, right, and judge John Jackson at the 2017 Beef Expo. Te Mania bull
Litigation 14389, was the champion ...

Te Mania has once again made its mark at the Beef Expo.

Success after drought

The objective of the competition is to select the flock replacements that are likely to be more productive and ...

Two Canterbury farmers have made it into the final of a national ewe hogget competition.

English leicester comeback?

David Bennett with his english leicester ewes. The breed has been in New Zealand for more than 150 years.

The English leicester sheep breed is on the decline in New Zealand, but still has a fan base.

Coalgate lambs rise $1-$2

Prime lambs rose in price in a medium yarding at Coalgate.

Across the weight grades prime lambs increased $1-$2 at Coalgate livestock sales.

world

Missed chances to foil bomber video

Salman Abedi was repeatedly flagged to the authorities over his extremist views.

Authorities reportedly warned about Manchester bomber Salman Abedi at least five times before the attack.

Another LookSee?

Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (Wreda) general manager of venues, marketing and destination development ...

Wellington LookSee success international technology industry recruitment programme appears likely to be repeated next year.

A dream home at Dreamworld?

Ardent Leisure estimated a loss of up to A$4 million (NZ$ 4.25 million) in its theme park division for the 12 months ...

As profits slump following four deaths last year, theme park may turn "prime real estate" into housing.

Huawei enters PC market

The Chinese telecoms giant is posing a fresh challenge to established PC players.

Chinese telecoms giant is posing a fresh challenge to established PC players in a market that has suffered two years of falling sales volumes and pressure on margins.

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