Budget 2013

Computer scheme funding halved

computers in homes

Computers in Homes' funding will be slashed to $1.4 million a year, Government confirms.

Govt eyed departure tax

Plane

Govt planned to slap a departure tax of up to $35 on travellers but dumped the idea before Budget.

Australia pays the price

Luke Malpass

OPINION: A regular question in New Zealand and Australia is whether our respective nations succeed because of, or in spite of, our politicians.

Nationalised housing 'disgrace'

Bill English

Government may transfer stock from poorly performing Housing Corporation to other social housing providers.

'No power struggle' with councils

Mayor

Finance Minister Bill English insists central and local government are on the same page.

House prices unlikely to fall fast

House for sale, real estate, property

Faster consent process won't push Auckland house prices down quickly, Westpac economist says.

Meridian float 'less political'

Meridian Energy building

The Finance Minister expects a focus on the merits of the investment rather than the politics.

Joyce defends student loan crackdown

dollar

Govt says policy is aimed at those deliberately flouting the system and who had ignored IRD approaches.

Legal win nets 'half-baked' scheme

A $92 million fund to pay parents who look after their adult disabled children has been revealed by the Government - a year after the Court of Appeal ordered it to do so.

Tolls, fuel tax hike to fund roads

Traffic

Drivers face paying $135 extra over the next three years, with legislation to increase petrol tax being rushed through Parliament.

Govt has not addressed the big issues

helen kelly

OPINION: The Budget was a demonstration that the Government has other values which won't address many of the biggest issues facing New Zealand.

Optimistic after five frugal years

Raewyn Bleakley

OPINION: Businesses have done it tough in recent years and this year's Budget will help cement in place the platform for a return to growth.

Strewth mate, hold on a bit

Wayne Swan

Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan is "completely dumbfounded" anyone would suggest NZ's economic performance was better than theirs.

Prudent Budget ticks the right boxes

phil o'reilly

OPINION: The Budget demonstrates prudent stewardship of finances with solid progress towards a balanced budget and lower debt and spending targets.

Scathing takes on 'debt train' Budget

David Shearer

The Government calls it "building momentum" but for the Opposition it was a "blackjack" Budget and an "out-of-control debt train" wreck.

Rebuild funding gap remains

Cathedral

A "significant" gap still exists in cost-sharing for Christchurch's anchor projects despite more than $800 million committed to rebuild work in the Budget.

Balancing the books - just

Tourists

The Budget puts the Govt's books back in the black in 2014-15, but only by the barest sliver.

Business welcomes ACC levy cuts plan

acc

A de facto tax cut of $1b over two years is just around the corner, with Govt plans to start cutting ACC levies from April.

Student loan arrests at border

loan

Student loan defaulters living overseas can expect to be arrested at the border from next year.

Pricking the housing bubble

House for sale, real estate, property

Looming housing bubble spooks Government into urgent action in the Budget to rein in prices and speed up new housing developments.

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