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'Death tax' leaves councillors cold
'Death tax' leaves councillors cold

The cost of burying two to three people who die each year on Great Barrier Island left Auckland councillors stone cold at…

Green light for $12m Western Springs upgrade
Green light for $12m Western Springs upgrade

Auckland councillors have voted to proceed with a proposal for a $12 million upgrade of Western Springs…

Budget surplus still intact
Budget surplus still intact

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

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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 the Treasury updates…

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 promise. Aucklanders…

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…

Budget 2014

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…

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…

Lack of spending on Maori slated

The Auckland Council has money for the Parnell cathedral and Lopdell House in Titirangi but no money to upgrade marae.

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
Bryce Edwards: Communicating politics

Politics is all about communication. The messages are conveyed by a huge variety of means these days…

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 Leader David Cunliffe has reached out to the Government over its stalled Resource Management Act reforms, saying…

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
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…

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

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

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
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…

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

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

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
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

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

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
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.

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