Thursday's Budget revealed new money for mental health, the scrapping of school donations, a move to index benefits to the average wage rise and a $300m fund for start ups.

We spoke to Whanganui's leaders about what they liked and what they thought was missing.

Whanganui Chamber of Commerce chief executive Marianne Archibald

said while it was important to take care of people and mental health was a particular concern, the Budget was "pretty disappointing" in terms of the economy and environmental sustainability.

"There's not much in it for business that I've seen at first look," Archibald said.

"There's some funding for infrastructure and rail. Certainly, in the regions we've been very lucky with the Provincial Growth Fund. Looking at infrastructure, putting some funding in is crucial."


Archibald was concerned that there did not appear to be anything to support sustainability for businesses and how