Budget 2019

Thursday's "Wellbeing Budget" looks set to fund school nurses, counsellors and driving instructors - leaving only a limited pot for teachers.

Child wellbeing will be central to a Government which Finance Minister Grant Robertson has said "will measure its success by how well we improve the living standards and wellbeing of all New Zealanders".

But if your focus is child wellbeing, then your approach to budgeting for education needs to be much wider than just making sure all children have high-quality teachers.

We can expect to see other initiatives, which have been on the Government's agenda since it took office


Fees-free tertiary study



School nurses


Learning support

Early childhood

Driving, finance and civics

Ending parental 'donations'

School buildings