Budget 2017: Police were at a "breaking point'' and would have been in a "real crisis'' had the Government not announced its half-billion dollar package for more boots on the ground.
Tax reductions will only benefit low income earners by a $1 or less a year, Labour leader Andrew Little says - slamming the "one dollar bill Budget".
An extra $879 million will be pumped into health to help cope with a growing and ageing population, and mental health receives a boost in today's Budget.
Workers are the winners in the Government's election year Budget, which delivers more cash in the hand to almost everyone.
The Government has the best chance today in its nine years in power to take Labour out of the social spending equation with the delivery of Finance Minister Steven Joyce's first Budget.
Immigration, superannuation and a swipe at University of Otago students were all part of the day for New Zealand First leader Winston Peters during his visit to Dunedin yesterday.
New Zealand First has selected a group of five eclectic candidates for its ''Deep South'' electorates.
The Government has been rolling out pre-Budget announcements since late last month, clearing the way for one big announcement today.
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters announced his five "Deep South" candidates this morning during a speech to about 90 mainly older people in Dunedin.
Throwing "waves of cash'' at New Zealand's social issues will not help solve the problems, Prime Minister Bill English says.
Finance Minister Steven Joyce is talking down expectations of a windfall for voters next week's Budget.
Prime Minister Bill English says he and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will both be pushing for early implementation of the TPP agreement.
Politicians who approved the appointment of Auditor-General Martin Matthews are calling for an independent inquiry into a fraud case that happened under his watch.
The Prime Minister has dismissed Labour's proposal to close a housing market tax loophole as "another tax'' that will crimp home-building.
Extending comprehensive school-based health services to all public secondary schools will benefit hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders, Labour deputy leader Jacinda Ardern says.
Labour leader Andrew Little has staked his election credentials on housing but his speech was long on passion and short on facts.
Andrew Little says Labour will phase out tax breaks for landlords and property investors in a bid to dampen property speculation.
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters' talk of tax cuts won't attract National-leaning voters because of his "big spending" record, Prime Minister Bill English says.
This month's Budget will include more money for mental health and addiction services as Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman admits "more needs to be done".
Prime Minister Bill English continues to clear the decks of distracting detail before the release of Budget 2017 on May 25.