The Government has given a gloomy warning about what is to come in the Budget, saying the state of schools and hospitals is much worse than expected and will require major investment.
Finance Minister Grant Robertson is continuing to dampen expectations of the Budget, saying New Zealanders don't expect him to blow the kitty in one go.
A bigger prison and more front-line police officers are some of the key Budget announcements those working at the coalface of the country’s justice system hope to see confirmed.
For one Dunedin family, the latest Budget has "money going where it should", but for them the devil will be in the details.
While all the Budget day attention will be on Finance Minister Grant Robertson, arguably it is Health Minister David Clark who has the more difficult job.
Growing surpluses are a feature of Finance Minister Grant Robertson's first Budget, delivered yesterday.
An upcoming agreement with the European Union and global changes due to Brexit could herald an exciting time for New Zealand's relationship with France, the country's Dunedin-raised ambassador to France says.
Keeping the old Dunedin Hospital functioning until the new one is built has probably become a great deal easier for the Southern DHB as the cash-strapped organisation gets a cash injection as part of the Budget's health-funding booster.
Budget 2018 could realistically be called ''Great Expectations'' - expectations that seem likely to be dashed for many Labour and Green supporters.
Fixing hospitals, enabling access to care and addressing New Zealand's ageing population were Health Minister David Clark's priorities in yesterday's Budget.
State housing, education and health are set to receive a major boost in funding from the first Labour-led Budget to be delivered in 10 years.
OPINION: Finance Minister Grant Robertson has delivered his first Budget in line with his promises and predictions, but he may have missed the opportunity to cement the Government's place in history.
The Coalition's first Budget has delivered a big boost for public services including $3.2b extra for health services over four years.
The Government is committing to a multibillion-dollar investment to build public housing and thousands of affordable homes, a move welcomed by the Real Estate Institute.
People who voted for a change of government at last year's election will be feeling vindicated by Grant Robertson's first Budget.
The Government will build 6400 new state houses over the next four years, it announced in the Budget today.