COMMENT:

Merry Budget to you.

If you thought this week was like Christmas for economic writers, you were right.

Although that doesn't mean we love it.

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The hype starts earlier every year and the day itself never seems as magic as it did when I was growing up. Kids these days ...

Ah yes, the Budget was once a seismic event in the New Zealand cultural calendar.

Delivered live on prime time TV, everyone watched nervously as the finance minister announced life-changing spending decisions, including tax changes that had people racing to the dairy or bottle shop to stock up

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