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Budget bereft of vision but shrewd in outflanking Labour

Budget bereft of vision but shrewd in outflanking Labour

National needed a good Budget. It got one. The Budget was a rock of certainty and continuity in a sea of almost surreal politics played out most visibly and vividly by the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

Budget 2015: pop stars and randy chooks

Budget 2015: pop stars and randy chooks

Split Enz, roosters on heat and Kiss guitarist Gene Simmons all featured in the debate on the Budget in Parliament, but the most unusual feature of it was the topsy-turvy role changes. 

English springs surprise

English springs surprise

Finance Minister Bill English pulled off a masterstroke in Budget 2015.

English keeps tight hold on reins

English keeps tight hold on reins

In his seventh Budget Finance Minister Bill English keeps a tight fist around the reins of government spending.

Land on offer but builders scarce

Builders are already fretting about responding to Government plans for up to 10,000 affordable new residences on 500ha of the Auckland Crown landbank.

Centre-right stripes clear

Comment

Budget 2015 was as generally expected and reflected a centre-right government's approach to economic management.

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