Health, education and social services are the winners in a Budget which contains few surprises but also few contentious moves.
A pack of 20 cigarettes will increase from about $20 now to about $30 in 2020, after hefty new excise increases were announced as part of the Budget.
Labour leader Andrew Little says the Government has no long-term strategy to the real problems being faced by New Zealanders, after eight years in power.
Finance Minister Bill English has every reason to feel pleased with himself after delivering Budget 2016.
The Southern District Health Board lost $5 million in "real terms'' in Budget 2016, the Labour Party says.
A union is disappointed the Budget did not provide a settlement of the long-running equal pay case in aged care - or any indication of the Government's intentions.
A bowel cancer screening campaigner was "beaming'' after the Budget announcement of a nationwide programme, but is disappointed Otago and Southland have not been prioritised.
Yesterday's Budget announcement does nothing for families trying to survive day-to-day, three Otago mothers say.
Comment: There is nothing particularly exciting or offensive about Bill English's eighth Budget.
The University of Otago anticipates it will benefit to the tune of "several million dollars'' from extra funding for research announced in yesterday's Budget.
The best business could say about Budget 2016 yesterday was it retained a stable base for business development from which to launch growth.
Otago Daily Times political editor Dene Mackenzie gives his thoughts on Budget 2016.
The shape of the new child protection service and other social sector reforms is still largely unknown after a "low key'' Budget, a social sector leader says.
Doubt about the Treasury's forecasts included in Budget 2016 were expressed yesterday, despite the enthusiasm shown in those forecasts by Finance Minister Bill English.
Many in the sector have been left disappointed by Budget 2016, despite investment breaking the $11billion mark for the first time.
The Government's attempt to deal with the growing pressure in health still leaves district health boards short by $131million, Council of Trade Unions economist Bill Rosenberg says.
The 10% ongoing increase in tobacco tax is the issue most people seemed to get excited about in yesterday's Budget 2016 which had little in it to create any real interest.
Comment: The 2016 Budget is a "social investment'' Budget.
Bill English tweaks this and that and has delivered another steady-as-she-goes Budget.
Child poverty advocates say the Budget provides no relief for families struggling to cope with high rents and low incomes.