Controlling debt will help build a better New Zealand, the deputy prime minister told Ngati Ruanui members gathered in Hawera yesterday.
Bill English met about 30 members of Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui at the TSB Hub to talk over the Budget and its effects on health, education and the country.
He said the Government had much to learn from its country and the people at the bottom of the ladder.
"We've got a little bit of left over at the end of each year and we've got to use that to get our debt down," he said.
"That means that if we want more education, more health, more support for people who need it then we have to keep focusing on doing a good job with the money we have".
Government had done that by making small changes with cumulative effects, he said. "You can really make a difference if you stick at it over time."
English said New Zealand would have a lot more choices in the coming decade due to controlled levels of debt.
"In the next 10 or 15 years we can pay off debt, invest more in public services, help more business get into export markets, that sort of thing."
He said it was important for every New Zealander to benefit from a growing economy but money had to go where it was most needed.
Households with children aged under one year was the top priority.
Health and education were getting "a bit more" but it has been pretty tight.
English said people working in those sectors were doing a fantastic job of providing more without receiving much more money.
"As we look ahead we've got to get more and more focused on getting results," he said.
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