"Disappointing but expected" was how Cath Watson, trustee of the Whanganui Community Arts Council Trust, summed up the Budget's provision for the arts.

The Government announced a $11.6 million increase in funding to be shared among the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Royal New Zealand Ballet and Te Matatini Kapa Haka Aotearoa.

Ms Watson said the extra $700,000 funding for Te Matatini may have a trickle-down effect in small way for Whanganui.

"As expected there was nothing specifically targeted for the arts; and nothing targeted specifically for Whanganui arts either."

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Ms Watson said she would have liked to have seen an increase in funding for Creative NZ.

"Creative NZ provides grants for artists, and I would have liked to have seen funding there, especially for the regions. It's the regions that really need that resource."