Budget 2019

The big winners in the Budget this year include the Ministry of Defence and the intelligence agencies.

The Ministry of Defence tops the list, with a 71.5 per cent increase from $446.6m last year to $766m this year. But that is still small potatoes compared to the Defence Force.

Even though the NZDF's percentage increase is only 18.9 per cent, it is actually receiving $683m more than the $3.6b it got in 2018.

Housing and Urban Development got a 70 per cent boost, from $1.3b in 2018 to $2.2b in this year's Budget. That is due to the large sums

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