Beehive Live: New Zealand Budget 2015 video

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Finance minister Bill English announcing his 'Hardship' budget.

The Government has put a strong focus on social development measures with a $790 million child hardship package in the Budget, but Labour accuses it of hitting "the panic button".

Beneficiaries and low income working families have been given a leg up but as expected there is no budget surplus.

The other big hitters are a border levy for arriving and departing passengers kicking in at the start of next year and people enrolled in KiwiSaver will no longer receive a $1000 kick-start payment.

See the all latest Budget details and reaction in our live blog below. 

BUDGET DETAILS:
* Full wrap of the Budget 2015
* Benefits rise in bid to tackle child poverty
* Education - what's in it for schools?
* Tackling hardship with an eye to future tax cuts
* Opinion: National makes some concessions but also gets tough
Modest tax cuts flagged for 2017
* Watch the Budget speech and debate live in Parliament

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Andrew Little, John Key, and Metiria Turei give their views on the budget.

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Live Blog Beehive Live: May 21, 2015
 
It's the biggest day of the year for Finance Minister Bill English. Budget day has arrived.
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It's the biggest day of the year for Finance Minister Bill English. Budget day has arrived.

Bill English delivers the Budget 2015.
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Bill English delivers the Budget 2015.

 - Stuff

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