Rotorua Daily Post reporters went back to members of the community who gave their Budget 2016 wishlists in Thursday's newspaper to see if they Government delivered what they were asking for.

Mereheni Hooker, 62, married, retiree.

 Mereheni Hooker
Mereheni Hooker

Health has won quite a lot of funding and that's good. I like the fact it's supporting St John ambulance and people with disabilities. But quite a lot has been given to Pharmac ($39 million). While I applaud the work Pharmac does, I think the health system should be looking at preventative measures. We are always treating the symptoms, not the causes.
I wanted better funding for education and I still think teachers need more support in classrooms. While we are getting more migrants and do need more schools and bigger classrooms, we need to fix what we have now because we have kids at secondary school who can't read and write and that's abysmal for a country like us.

Gene Daniels, 47, single, no children.

Advertisement
Gene Daniels
Gene Daniels

There seems to be a decent increase in health funding which isn't too bad but not much seems to have gone to education.
I don't like the fact charter schools are getting funding ($500,000 set up costs for each of the seven new charter schools in 2018 and 2019) because basically they don't work. When you look at who are running them, they run these places just like companies and not for the betterment of the students.
There also doesn't seem to be the funding needed right now for struggling middle to low income New Zealanders. Seems like they have missed out again and will keep struggling.

Reg Wellington, senior citizen and World War II veteran.

Reginald Wellington
Reginald Wellington

Everything seems like it will be four years away, let's hope they have enough money to pay for it all by then.
There's a lot of farmers struggling, so there may not be enough for the government to collect from those guys either.
I think they are trying to keep too many people happy for the election. It's a real mixed bag and it's just vote grabbing in my opinion. I'm not pleased they have not set aside anything for the army, navy or air force.

Katherine Walker, 37, mum.

Katherine Walker
Katherine Walker

I'm pleased to see the spending in health and education. I think housing was the other big one that needed more money.
More money towards healthier and warmer homes is good to - I think it is good news for New Zealand as a whole to see warmer houses.
I think it is really good to see the increased tax on smokers, especially now that I am an ex-smoker with children. I think it is a great thing.
More money towards early childhood education is also a good thing, especially when people are encouraged to put their children into it.

Shanayla Barrett, 16, Rotorua Youth Council chairwoman.

Shanayla Barrett
Shanayla Barrett

The things that stood out for me was the funding and support going towards the housing crisis. I really wanted that for our nation as it has been a major cause for concern across the whole country. I was really pleased to see the $200 million for at least 750 more places because that will go towards helping families with the highest housing needs. I think the money going into education is also great, not just for my generation but the generations to come as well. I'm especially pleased to see the $43 million going towards helping the most at-risk students, I think that's a really great investment and it will be interesting to see how that money is used.

Murray Patchell, partner at Deloitte Private.

Murray Patchell
Murray Patchell

It looks consistent with the Government's trend of no real surprises in their budgets.
The extra spend in education and health is really necessary, particularly the bowel screening programme, but I think it falls short in dealing with housing and first home owners.
$100m for Auckland land free sounds big but in reality is a drop in the bucket for what is needed.
There is some money for regional support which is good, but there are some long time issues in our economy that keep getting shelved and as usual the Government will be saving up some sweeteners for election year next year no doubt.