Vox Pop: Budget 2017

With Budget 2017 now unveiled, SunLive took to the streets recently to discover what people thought and how it will affect them. Described by Finance Minister Steven Joyce as a budget that will “deliver for New Zealanders”, the range of... Read More

Homeowner insurance premiums raised

The Insurance Council of New Zealand is concerned that major increases in taxes and levies on people who insure their homes could see low income households not be able to protect themselves from disasters. Chief executive Tim Grafton says by the end... Read More

Consultation on budget handout

St John Ambulance will be consulting before deciding how to distribute its new injection of money and manpower. The government has announced a new investment of $59.2 million to create 430 new emergency medical and paramedic roles. But it will happen... Read More

$4 billion in new capital spending

As part of Budget 2017, the government is allocating $4 billion in new capital spending in a bid to build infrastructure “for a growing economy”. Finance Minister Steven Joyce says this $4b investment is the single biggest investment of new... Read More

Budget to benefit Tauranga families

Tauranga MP Simon Bridges says Tauranga families are set to be the big winners from Budget 2017. Simon, who's also Minister for economic development, transport and communication, told SunLive the budget delivers for all New Zealanders. He says... Read More

$7 billion allocated to public services

The government is allocating $7 billion over four years in Budget 2017 to sustain and expand public services in health, education, law and order and social development. Finance Minister Steven Joyce says the investment reflects the government's... Read More

A budget to lose the election on

“They're going to lose the next election big time.” That's the verdict from New Zealand First leader Winston Peters, after the government announced Budget 2017 today. In parliament this afternoon he labelled the government ‘useless'... Read More

Government investing $2b to tackle crime

This year's budget will invest $1.24 billion of new operating funding over four years and $785.6 million of capital funding in law and order initiatives, including an additional 1125 police staff. A further $37.2 million is also being invested... Read More

Budget a ‘major win’ for the Bay

National MP Todd Muller is hailing today's budget announcement as a major win for the Bay of Plenty region. Todd believes Budget 2017 finely balances both investment for the future and “the needs of today”, while also sharing the benefits... Read More

New tax thresholds announced

The government has announced new tax thresholds that will save $10.77 a week for anyone earning more than $22,000 per annum. From April 1, 2018, the lowest tax bracket will be shifted from $14,000 per annum to $22,000 per annum, with a tax rate of 10.5... Read More



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