Housing supplement could up rents: Greens

After backing a rise in the Accommodation Supplement through Parliament last week, the Green Party now says it could be an excuse for landlords to raise rent. The government passed its budget family tax package with a strong majority during urgency...... Read More

Peters wants govt action on cathedral

The government needs to command the Anglican Church in Christchurch to get on with rebuilding Christ Church Cathedral and put more money in, according to NZ First leader Winston Peters. He was in Cathedral Square on Sunday to highlight the issue, saying...... Read More

Homeowner insurance premiums raised

The Insurance Council of New Zealand is concerned that major increases in taxes and levies on people who insure their homes could see low income households not be able to protect themselves from disasters. Chief executive Tim Grafton says by the end...... Read More

Pre-Budget poll shows little change

A political poll taken before Thursday's Budget shows little change in support for National compared to a Labour/Greens alliance. Still, Gary Morgan, executive chairman of Roy Morgan Research, says the Budget could be a turning point for National,...... Read More

$4 billion in new capital spending

As part of Budget 2017, the government is allocating $4 billion in new capital spending in a bid to build infrastructure “for a growing economy”. Finance Minister Steven Joyce says this $4b investment is the single biggest investment of...... Read More

Labour working on its own family package

Labour is going to develop its own family support package and put it in front of voters before the election. That's the party's response to Thursday's budget and the unveiling of a set of measures the government says will make 1.3 million...... Read More

$7 billion allocated to public services

The government is allocating $7 billion over four years in Budget 2017 to sustain and expand public services in health, education, law and order and social development. Finance Minister Steven Joyce says the investment reflects the government’s...... Read More

Union says education is budget loser

New Zealand's largest education union has marked the budget as a fail, saying the sector has come out a loser. The NZEI says early childhood services are suffering the seventh straight year of a funding freeze, and an increase to the school operations...... Read More

Government to invest $2b to tackle crime

This year’s budget will invest $1.24 billion of new operating funding over four years and $785.6 million of capital funding in law and order initiatives, including an additional 1125 police staff. A further $37.2 million is also being invested...... Read More

Budget: What you need to know

Budget 2017 shares the benefits of growth by improving public services, investing in the infrastructure needed for a growing country, reducing debt and lifting incomes, says Prime Minister Bill English. “This is a budget that delivers for New...... Read More