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.


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