The $1 billion spend on rail is pleasing, if not entirely predictable. Something had to be done, and here NZ First's influence stands out like dogs' teeth. Our below-par roads cannot take the burden of heavy trucks indefinitely, or their impact on our appalling road toll.

It'd be churlish to be anything other than positive towards the increased mental health and addiction funding.

However, it would also be remiss not to point out the proven link between poverty and mental health and addiction. So, while everyone's applauding this move, it pays to temper such praise with reality.


Poverty is