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Budget surplus still intact
Budget surplus still intact

National heads into the election with its Budget surplus target broadly intact according to the latest Treasury forecasts…

Surplus at risk of vanishing
Surplus at risk of vanishing

The wafer-thin surplus which the Budget pencilled in for 2014-15 is at some risk of disappearing when…

John Roughan: Auckland should not lose services
John Roughan: Auckland should not lose services

Aucklanders are told something has to go if the mayor is to keep rates from rising beyond his election…

Business videos

 Microsoft to Buy 'Minecraft' for $2.5B video Microsoft to Buy 'Minecraft' for $2.5B

Microsoft will acquire the maker of the long-running…

Meet the CEOs: John Dalzell, Waterfront Auckland video Meet the CEOs: John Dalzell, Waterfront Auckland

John Dalzell is chief executive of Waterfront Auckland…

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Asset sales cash spent on Parliament
Asset sales cash spent on Parliament

Millions of dollars in assets sales cash earmarked by the Government for new schools and hospitals will go instead on obscure…

NZ's top 10% are richer than rest
NZ's top 10% are richer than rest

The richest 10 per cent of New Zealanders are wealthier than the rest of the population combined, according to figures cited…

Mary Holm: Bill English's balancing act on the level
Mary Holm: Bill English's balancing act on the level

The Government plans to borrow about $75 million a week for capital spending - buying assets that are expected to give long-term…

Editorial: National rides high despite Labour's best shots
Editorial: National rides high despite Labour's best shots

So much for Oravida, Judith Collins, Maurice Williamson. National's troubles of the past two months have evaporated in two…

Budget 2014

Lack of spending on Maori slated
Lack of spending on Maori slated

The Auckland Council has money for the Parnell cathedral and Lopdell House in Titirangi but no money…

National rides post-Budget wave

John Key's National Government is enjoying a Budget lift higher in two new polls, and appears to have moved on from the…

Bryce Edwards: Communicating politics

Politics is all about communication. The messages are conveyed by a huge variety of means these days, and from Twitter through…

Bryce Edwards: Will immigrants become the housing scapegoat?

The fight for affordable housing could descend into a populist campaign against immigrants and foreigners, warns Bryce Edwards…

Labour would support home affordabilty RMA changes
Labour would support home affordabilty RMA changes

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has reached out to the Government over its stalled Resource Management…

Editorial: Repaying debt should take precedence over tax cuts

Editorial: Six weeks ago, the Prime Minister was in no mood to offer encouragement to those who thought tax cuts might be…

Rodney Hide: Huh? Spending boast a wrong 'un

There's much about politics that's stupid but nothing beats Budget Day. It's a day when ordinarily sane people spout nonsense…

Bernard Hickey: Budget buries migration bomb

This week's Budget was notable for its carefully telegraphed surpluses and the relatively moderate election sweeteners included…

Fran O'Sullivan: On-form Key a tough act for Cunliffe or protesters to roll
Fran O'Sullivan: On-form Key a tough act for Cunliffe or protesters to roll

When the Prime Minister is on top of his game - as he was at yesterday's post Budget luncheon - he is…

John Armstrong: Mahora the merrier after winning Budget

When it comes to searching for the inhabitants of that land otherwise described by politicians in Tolkien-sounding fashion…

Govt should not be a business risk: English

The Government should not be one of the risks businesses have to manage, says Finance Minster Bill English.

GPs eye more cash to join free schemes

Nearly every general practice is expected to sign up to the Government's new zero fees for under-13s regime

John Roughan: Wrong time to cut taxes

John Key and Bill English both know it is not the surplus that really matters, it is the debt they have accumulated, writes…

Bryce Edwards: Neither 'communism by stealth' or a 'Cabinet Club' Budget
Bryce Edwards: Neither 'communism by stealth' or a 'Cabinet Club' Budget

Does this year's Budget represent 'communism by stealth' as some on the political right would have it…

Key unfazed by noisy Budget protest

Chants of "John Key's a millionaire, that's why he doesn't care" and, "One, two, three, four, stop the war on the poor"…

John Armstrong: Budget robs Labour of election punch

A surplus is much more than a figure, however. It is a symbol of fiscal discipline, writes John Armstrong. It is something…

Budget 2014 Live Chat replay: Paul Dunne

Join us at 12.00pm today and put your Budget 2014 questions to KPMG's Head of Tax, Paul Dunne.

$10b for schools, but critics not happy

Spending on early childhood education and schools is to top $10 billion a year - but is not enough to avoid parents paying…

Budget 2014: Major review ordered of KiwiRail
Budget 2014: Major review ordered of KiwiRail

The bill for fixing up struggling KiwiRail has topped the $1 billion mark, with more than half of that…

Little for first home buyers

Aspiring first-home buyers looking for a leg-up into the property market in yesterday's Budget had little to cheer about…

Police union warns of hard year

Police officers have warned "something will break" if their budget is squeezed any further after the Government sliced a…

Josie Pagani: Wages will fall because there's nothing to boost our real wealth

Finance Minister Bill English has delivered a Budget that's the equivalent of socks for Christmas.

Efforts to cut long-term welfare boosted

The Government is putting another $100 million into getting beneficiaries such as solo parents and the sick into work and…

Paul Bloxham: Lesson in Oz Budget for NZ: make most of good times
Paul Bloxham: Lesson in Oz Budget for NZ: make most of good times

As the New Zealand and Australian Governments hand down Budgets within days of each other, the striking…

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