Long on slogans, short on excitement. That's the 2016 budget.
There is now a united front in New Zealand against smoking.
OPINION: I'm 23, and I know super isn't going to survive until I retire - unless we change it soon.
Andrew Little has had a poor year and some Labour MPs are already resigned to him losing the next election.
We have to help but don't expect us to like it.
OPINION: It's a good Budget boost to the health system. But $2.2b won't fix everything.
OPINION: This Budget shows the Government is blinded by its own poll success, says former Labour Party president Mike Williams.
OPINION: It's that time of the year again when Finance Minister Bill English tells us how he is going to spend our money.
OPINION: The Government has maintained a cautious, steady course, generally avoiding outlandish spending.
National's Budget lacks the vision and courage needed to meet the challenges facing the country, writes Labour finance spokesman Grant Robertson.
OPINION: David Seymour runs the ruler over government spending and finds plenty of savings.
Our resident satirist takes a seat (or is that banana?) with Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett.
Bill English has delivered a bland mid-term budget, says Right-wing commentator David Farrar.
OPINION: A Budget has to make a real difference to people's lives. And the needs today are obvious, writes Grant Robertson.
OPINION: Save or splurge? Bill English's tough budget day choices.
Finance Minister Bill English will likely have some key issues top of mind.
OPINION: After some four decades of following the deregulation agenda a majority of voters in many countries have begun to wonder when they are going to get the share of the pie.
Days before the Budget, we've learned Bill English is averse to answering questions about an extension to paid parental leave, writes Tracy Watkins.
OPINION: Each year thousands of us march, write letters and demand an end to family violence. So what can the Government do?
Babies living in cars? That's not the Kiwi way, says Labour leader Andrew Little.
OPINION: The Panama Papers scandal, among other things, reinforces growing concerns about high-level fraud and corruption within President Vladimir Putin's government.
OPINION: I know it's tough finding private rentals, in Auckland in particular.
Who is up and who is down in politics?
OPINION: The agency we rely on to protect our fishing stocks knew about the dumping and under-reporting of catches, and didn't stop it.
OPINION: Will the Budget be less interesting than a record-setting feijoa?
OPINION: Are more people living in poverty, or has the past week been part of a slick political campaign?
Our resident satirist puts a "pretty relaxed" John Key in the hotseat.
''Go see Work and Income,'' was John Key's advice to the homeless. So we did.
Opinion: Michael Joseph Savage, the man who helped create cradle to grave social welfare would be dismayed by Godzone now.
OPINION: John Key's contortions over the Budget and tax plan this week displays another one of his under-appreciated silky skills.