In the end, leaks were hardly necessary, or useful. Many of the key planks had already been released.

The priorities were unveiled in December last year, as were the outlines of what to expect from a "wellbeing" Budget. In April, Finance Minister Grant Robertson forecast a "significant investment" in mental health services, and that's what was delivered.

Other clearly signalled moves were on reducing child poverty, including addressing domestic violence; transitioning to a low-emissions economy; lifting outcomes for Māori and Pasifika; and the aforementioned supporting mental health, with a focus on under 24-year-olds.


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