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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.

Just how steady is steady?

Comment

There are three political dimensions to the Budget's star ''children in hardship'' item.

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