OPINION: The Budget provides some genuine giveaways but the true value of the additional spending needs to be weighed against adjustments for inflation and for population growth.
OPINION: Two-billion dollar family incomes package will mean more money in the kitty for more than a million households.
OPINION: National lets opportunity for some creative policies go begging.
OPINION: Steven Joyce's first Budget is the best kind; conservative and not unpopular.
OPINION: Some welcome health and education boosts after the austere Budget caps in place since 2008 have chipped away at vital services.
OPINION: The Joyce Budget is intended to show National is the only logical choice to be government.
OPINION: It's a "wait there's more" Budget - with the extra goodies due for release at election time.
OPINION: Finance Minister Steven Joyce shows he's a cunning campaign manager, writes Tracy Watkins.
Generation rent's quarter-acre dream has been largely crushed. But will anger over that influence the election?
OPINION: Warm housing, a fit for purpose education system and proper funding of health would be priorities in a Labour Budget.
OPINION: Martin Matthews' position as Auditor-General had become untenable
OPINION: You'll hear a lot of talk over the next few days about Thursday's "election year" Budget.
OPINION: It's no myth that at least 40 per cent of households pay no net taxes.
OPINION: Tipping culture is a false economy, holds back minimum wage reform and doesn't do anyone any favours.
ANALYSIS: Plummeting voter turnout shows we've alienated the "missing million" - and risk losing an entire generation.
OPINION: It is crystal clear that more than just Clean Water proposals will be needed if New Zealand is to meet the expectations of its citizens on water quality and use.
OPINION: An alliance against the TPPA would warn the political class that its participation in such absurd cargo cult rituals must end.
OPINION: The Budget is an exercise of democratic power, writes Liam Hehir.
OPINION: Why is Work and Income still being quince-faced about posting situations vacant for employment in the sex industry?
ANALYSIS: How could the voter backlash that brought in Trump and Brexit affect our election?
OPINION: The treasure chest is about to open. What election year surprises await?
OPINION: Is it time for dairies and service stations to remove tobacco from their shelves to avoid armed robberies?
OPINION: The Government looks increasingly like it is the one with its head buried in the sand. Could budget day change all that?
SATIRE: Hello @everyone Bill English twittering at you.
OPINION: is Family First really being punished for its politics?
OPINION: Bill English has clearly been told to dig around for a personality - and promote it on social media. The results aren't good.
Opinion: Keith Ng discusses four popular tax myths, in an extract from a new PSA booklet on topics in tax policy and practice, to be launched on Monday.
OPINION: Amy Adams gets the plaudits for policy some say she nicked and James Shaw ends up with egg on his face.
OPINION: Why would you decide to educate your teenagers in a foreign country with a very different language?
OPINION: World expos are a profitable way of selling the best of New Zealand.