Special education and early childhood education have received a boost in funding as an extra $687 million is invested in education.
New Zealanders who sign up to Kiwisaver from today will no longer get a $1000 "kick-start" payment.
Expectations are high the Government should be making a more concerted effort recognising the regions beyond Auckland, when the Budget is delivered tomorrow.
Opposition forces are gathering to tear the Government's seventh Budget apart this afternoon, in sharp contrast to previous years when Finance Minister Bill English received a near dream run.
The NZ Business Herald asks sector leaders what they want and expect to see today from the Finance Minster
The Government has taken its first step to try to control the bubbling property market, but tax practitioners say there is much detail missing from Prime Minister John Key's new property tax proposals.
Christchurch's loss is not necessarily Queenstown's gain.
Finance Minister Bill English says Thursday's Budget won't be exciting but he is proud of it nonetheless.
Clutha Development Trust chairman Rob Hewett hopes tomorrow's Budget will see some recognition of the regions.
Budget 2015 is likely to see a return to the theme of fiscal discipline after last year's mini spend-up, Westpac senior economist Michael Gordon says.
The regions of New Zealand were feeling neglected, undervalued and left behind, and as a country, New Zealand would not thrive until those feelings were turned around, Labour finance spokesman Grant Robertson said yesterday.
Prime Minister John Key has finally acknowledged there is a problem in the housing market after months of shrugging off criticism the Government's laissez faire attitude to property problems was unsound.
The property sector appears happy with proposed law changes to crack down on property traders and speculators, particularly those who have been avoiding paying tax on their proceeds.