MARIA SLADE - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: Opposition claims it didn't launch its electricity policy to 'try and derail the share float' - yeah right.
Treasury sticks with central Budget forecasts but says downside risks have increased.
ROD ORAM - © Fairfax NZ NewsAuckland looks forward but not so the Government.
For the first time in his life, a reformed hardcore recidivist criminal is excited about politics.
Some nasty Budget surprises have emerged, including cuts affecting teachers and elderly rest home residents.
"Hardcore" tax avoiders rather than tradies taking cash jobs will be the target of Inland Revenue's extra $78.4 million in funding from the Budget.
Legislation raising the excise tax on tobacco has passed its first reading in Parliament.
FIONA ROTHERHAM - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: With any Budget comes screeds of coverage on what it contains and how that might impact us, and also talk of what is missing.
At least 1000 primary and intermediate school technology teachers will lose their jobs in changes buried in the Budget, teachers say.
Prime Minister John Key has defended Budget moves to remove the so-called "paper round tax rebate" from children.
Oil and gas exploration will fuel the Government's growth plans, Finance Minister Bill English tells a post-Budget business audience.
PM John Key says the Budget struck a balance "many other countries would dearly love to emulate".
Economic Development Minister dismisses superannuation reform talk as ''a distraction'' saying the scheme is sustainable for the foreseeable future.
The scientific community is divided over Budget 2012's innovation flagship - the formation of an Advanced Technology Institute.
'We'd like to be a sustainable community'
Right in Bill English's backyard, Dipton School will be a beneficiary of $7.6 million committed to the Enviroschool project in this year's budget.
Tobacco rises will push the price of a single cigarette to more than $1 - but that's not enough for Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia.
OPINION: Even kids with an after-school job have been frisked for extra revenue. | Full coverage
The Government has delivered a "zero hope" Budget that fails to stimulate the NZ economy, critics say.
The taxman is making a grab for up to $245 a year from children working at the local supermarket, shop or on a paper run.
Early childhood education subsidy cuts worth tens of millions of dollars are likely to be passed to parents through fees.
A raft of changes to the student loan scheme has been announced. Michelle Duff spoke to Victoria University students in different stages of study to see how it would affect them.
MARIA SLADE - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe KiwiSaver industry has largely welcomed the Government's latest changes to the retirement savings scheme, announced in the Budget.
Holiday home owners who have had their tax perks slashed in the Budget will need to show proof of rential to claim only half the amount they could previously.
Student protesters have ended their six hour blockade of an inner-city Auckland street.
Opposition leader accuses the Government of delivering a Budget that offers New Zealanders zero reasons to stay in the country.
The Business community measures up Finance Minister Bill English's 2012 Budget.
Tax experts say the extra $78.4 million Inland Revenue received in today's Budget for tax compliance is unnecessary.
Canterbury business leaders give Budget a tick for being prudent and responsible but say risks remain around a forecast return to surplus.
Labour leader David Shearer says New Zealanders will be flocking to airport departure lounges following today's budget.
Tax-dodging farmers are targeted by a revamp of farm livestock valuation schemes in today's Budget.
Rating agency Standard & Poor's says today's Budget will have no immediate impact on New Zealand's rating.
Financial markets appeared to be taking the Government's zero budget in stride this afternoon.
OPINION: Bill English's fourth Budget has nutted out no less than $4.4 billion of new spending initiatives over four years but at what cost?
OPINION: Bill English was yesterday claiming today's budget as a crackdown on the rich.
OPINION: It was billed as a Zero Budget, and that's what we got, despite the $4.4b of new operating spending flagged in the next four years.
Bill English gives his Budget speech to Parliament.
The economy will improve assuming the Canterbury building boom gains a head of steam quickly, but the risks of a worse picture are greater than usual.
Police, Corrections and other justice sector agencies will now be able to pool their budgets to plug spending gaps.
Wealthy asset owners, farmers and children are among those being squeezed for an extra $410m under tighter tax rules.
OPINION: What? Ouch. Yawn. A few small surprises, a little bit of pain and mostly what we were all told to expect.
The government has delayed planned auto-enrolment in KiwiSaver, citing cost and pressure on household income.
Early childhood education subsidies have been frozen in the Budget, likely forcing up fees for families in the coming years.
The Government is forecasting a wafer-thin $197m surplus in 2014-15, meeting its election promise - just.
Smokers will be hit with a tax hike, taking the price of a pack of 20 cigarettes to more than $20 by 2016.
The main points of Budget 2012
We asked Wellingtonians what they were hoping to get from this year's Budget. Their expectations are low.
Opinions are divided on what Waikato should expect from Finance Minister Bill English's fourth Budget.
No pain, no gain
A Hamilton office and business administrator says she expects to be worse off after the Budget, if not financially, then definitely socially.
Small Christchurch businesses favour a conservative Budget, but they do have a few items on their wish list.
Will you come out better off from this Budget?