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Nat MPs go giddy over Budget

Happy it's Budget Day Minister?

A rare tweet by a National whip and a video bomb by a Minister? National MPs' Budget Day shenanigans.

State house buyer pulls out

Finance Minister Bill English details housing initiatives in his 2016 Budget.

Government's Invercargill social housing plans in disarray after the lone potential buyer pulled out.

Arson charge for Parliament protester

Jacinda Ardern tweeted this picture with the caption: "This has shown up on the forecourt of parliament and it looks ...

The man who allegedly drove a ute covered in a protest sign into Parliament on Budget Day due in court today.

Door widens on tax cuts video

Tax cuts are on the cards next year, but Labour say Kiwis would want that money to go to other areas.

They weren't in the Budget, but Finance Minister Bill English hopes to bring tax reductions in election year.

United on smoking, divided on Budget

Housing and education were two points of contention for National Minister Paula Bennett and Labour deputy leader Annette ...

Annette King and Paula Bennett disagree on many things, but tobacco isn't one of them.

Recap: Facebook chat with Bill English video

What would you like to ask Finance minister Bill English about the 2016 Budget?

We talked to Finance Minister Bill English after he delivered his eigth Budget.

Budget 2016: Who's going to pay? video

The increase in a packet of cigarettes over four years will bring the Government an extra $425 million.

Who's going to pay for Government spending?

"When is John Key going to say it's a crisis?"

Tuiane Murray speaks about her trouble finding accomodation whilst the budget is being debated on a television near by.

Auckland families racking up debt in emergency housing say the $5000 grant to move out of the city is inadequate.

'Where's our money?' schools ask video

Targeted funding was the new buzzword for education in this year's budget.

OPINION: Schools are increasingly relying on parents' pockets, so it's no wonder they're shocked by a Government funding freeze.

The Budget in politicians' words

Finance Minister Bill English has delivered his eighth Budget - what did politicians have to say about it?

Are the Budget numbers making your head spin? Here are the key quotes from the day.

National priming election year war chest video

Finance Minister Bill English and Prime Minister John Key head to the House to present the 2016 Budget.

Bill English's "few surprises" Budget will help fill the Government's war chest ahead of possible election year tax cuts.

Peek into election campaign video

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OPINION: Bill English's eighth Budget tells us everything we need to know about next year's election.

Boost for ailing health system

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OPINION: It's a good Budget boost to the health system. But $2.2b won't fix everything.

Williams: What housing crisis?

Extra spending beyond health and education was restrained - and leaves Bill English with some shots in his locker for a ...

OPINION: This Budget shows the Government is blinded by its own poll success, says former Labour Party president Mike Williams.

'By god it's horrific'

Ian Telfer, 78, is recovering from surgery to remove a cancerous tumour in his bowel. He welcomed the announcement of a ...

Bowel cancer survivor Ian Telfer was "quite emotional" at news a screening programme would finally go ahead.

Tax cuts more viable?

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''There's no question here that this is building up a bit of a war chest.''

'It's reasonably distressing' video

Jacinda Ardern tweeted this picture of the vehicle.

John Key expresses concern after an apparent protester threw parliament into lockdown.

Social housing boost 'only a Band Aid'

The Government has announced $200 million of funding for at least 750 more social housing places, as it comes under ...

$258m package is not a long-term solution to the housing crisis, social providers say.

Budget: 'A patchwork of half-baked ideas'?

Finance Minister Bill English's 2016 Budget is either sensible or a patchwork of half-baked ideas, depending on who you ask.

Budget 2016; "sensible" or "a patchwork of half baked ideas"?

'Plaster on a compound fracture'

The only surprise on Budget day was a security threat delaying the Finance Minister's arrival.

Budget is widely criticised, but John Key says boring is better than "excitingly terrible".

The 2016 Budget – anything new?

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OPINION: It's that time of the year again when Finance Minister Bill English tells us how he is going to spend our money.

Overstretched prisons receive funding boost

Prisoner levels in New Zealand are at a record high, with over 9400 people currently behind bars.

As the prison population soars, the Government puts in $291m to help Corrections cope.

Regional relocation won't work

New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young said Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett's $5000 relocation grant is a good idea, but ...

 Auckland isn't the only area struggling with emergency housing shortages.

The Budget explained

Debt to GDP ratio

What even is the Budget? These five charts show what it all means.

Recap: The Budget 2016 video

Finance Minister Bill English delivers Budget 2016 at Parliament.

The "positive" Budget, the "sticking plaster" Budget or the "get stuffed" Budget? Here's how it unfolded.

The Government falls asleep at the wheel

Finance Minister Bill English and Prime Minister John Key walk to the House during the 2016 budget presentation at ...

OPINION: The Government has maintained a cautious, steady course, generally avoiding outlandish spending.

Labour: Budget lacks vision

Labour finance spokesman Grant Robertson says this Budget will keep Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler awake at night.

National's Budget lacks the vision and courage needed to meet the challenges facing the country, writes Labour finance spokesman Grant Robertson.

'Wasteful spending is everywhere'

Kiwirail has proved costly for taxpayers.

OPINION: David Seymour runs the ruler over government spending and finds plenty of savings.

Record $2.2b boost for health video

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A record amount of funding for health as Government tries to stave off negative headlines. But is it enough?

Big spending caught short video

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OPINION: Government's $2.1 billion infrastructure plan to help park your car and go to the loo.

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