Additional and improved funding for youth-focused mental health programmes; better resourcing of smaller community groups; a lift in incomes; and affordable and adequate housing.
These are some of the things Northlanders are hoping to see in this year's Budget.
Labelled the Wellbeing Budget, the Government said it is about tackling New Zealand's long-term challenges by focusing on five priorities:
• Creating opportunities for productive businesses, regions, iwi and others to transition to a sustainable and low-emissions economy
• Supporting a thriving nation in the digital age through innovation, social and economic opportunities
• Reducing child poverty and improving child wellbeing,