Budget 2017

Budget 2017 - spreading it around

We can be comfortable but not complacent, chief executive of the Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce Peter ...

This budget was all about pleasing as many people as possible in an election year.

Budget's family package - by the numbers video

Finance Minister Steven Joyce presents his Budget to the House.

The typical working New Zealand family will get $26 a week out of this Budget - an election-year affair that's being called a bribe 8 years in the making. Here's the breakdown of what's in it for you.

$2b package to boost incomes video

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

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

Recap: Budget 2017

Labour leader Andrew Little uses a dollar coin to illustrate his point.

It's been dubbed the "dollar bill Budget" and an election "bribe" as winners and losers take stock. Here's what you may have missed.

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.

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

$3.9b injection to the health sector video

In spite of a record funding boost, the new health budget still falls short, by $300 million", an economist says.

A strained health sector is set to receive a record $3.9b shot in the arm, with $1.8b going to District Health Boards (DHBs) alone. 

The Budget at a Glance

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

Confused by all the numbers from this year's budget? Here's what you need to know.

More money for RNZ

The boost to Radio NZ would ensure it remained "accessible and sustainable".

A controversial funding freeze on Radio NZ has come to an end with an annual $2.8m boost.

Election bribe 8 years in the making

Minister of Finance Steven Joyce delivers the Budget 2017 to journalists and economists at the Beehive.

OPINION: Finance Minister Steven Joyce shows he's a cunning campaign manager, writes Tracy Watkins.

NZ's prisons bulging

Christchurch Men's Prison, which has a muster of almost 1000 sentenced prisoners and remand prisoners.

The Budget says it plainly. Our prisons are almost full.

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.

Fisheries and biosecurity top ups

Critics have argued there has not been sufficient oversight of fisheries.

The Government has responded to public criticism of fisheries management with new funding.

Govt answers school pleas

Minister of Finance Steven Joyce delivers the Budget 2017 to journalists and economists at the Beehive.

As schools hound parents for donations and trim jobs, desperate pleas for more funding have been answered.

Families first in Budget?

Joyce has previously ruled out cuts to tax rates in favour of changes to the tax thresholds.

For people wondering if more money will go to working families, Steven Joyce drops a very big hint.

Tax cuts top Budget 'wish-list'

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For story on enforced national savings. money wallet purse savings currency ...

Loosen tax brackets or save for the next big quake? Budget trade-off looms.

Funding sought for park

DOC Aoraki Mt Cook

There will be a push for more money to be spent in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park as the conservation estate meets new tourism demands.

$10m to preserve NZ's archives

The Treaty of Waitangi, which will be on display at a new exhibition in the National Library.

Archives NZ building to get upgrade, and more space will be found for storage.

Ambulances get extra funding

A 2008 select committee inquiry into the provision of the country's ambulance services called for mandatory ...

But a pre-Budget announcement that will reduce the number of single-crewed ambulances isn't met with jubilation by paramedics.

Joyce 'can't wait' for first Budget

Finance minister Steven Joyce: Planning a haircut before delivering his first Budget "but I'm not sure anyone will notice".

ANALYSIS: He'll have a haircut for the occasion, but what of the things that people will notice?

$300m movie boost

Scarlett Johansson's Ghost in the Shell movie was originally set to be made in Berlin, but Weta Workshop helped to sway ...

Wellywood welcomes four-year cash injection from the Budget.

Business gets R&D funding boost

Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith has announced a multi-million-dollar funding injection for businesses ...

Callaghan Innovation will have an extra $75 million to hand out to innovative businesses.

Good news on Budget surplus

Finance Minister Steven Joyce says New Zealand is one of the few developed countries running a surplus.

Cash is flowing into the Government's coffers thanks to strong business profits.

$60m Pharmac funding lift

Dr Jonathan Coleman has announced increases to Pharmac funding.

Government has increased funding for "new" drugs, but Labour says it is not enough.

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