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D-day for Wellbeing Budget

Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern and Finance Minister Grant Robertson talk about the Wellbeing Budget and what people can expect. Photo: Screenshot/Budget.govt.nz

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Today is the day that the full Budget will be announced to the entire country by the coalition Government.

From 2pm, Finance Minister Grant Robertson will read through the Wellbeing Budget in its entirety in parliament.

Labour says this year’s Budget is about tackling New Zealand’s long-term challenges. It will do this by focussing on five priorities:

  • Taking mental health seriously
  • Improving child wellbeing
  • Supporting Maori & Pasifika aspirations
  • Building a productive nation
  • Transforming the economy

In the lead-up to today, ministers have already made a number of pre-Budget announcements that they say “tackle long-term challenges and improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders”.

Below is what has already been made public:

Pre-Budget announcements:

Thousands more teachers for schools - Hon Chris Hipkins

Stats Minister confirms funding for Census fix - Hon James Shaw

Government invests in clean energy centre to help power New Zealand's economy - Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Hon Megan Woods

A whānau-centred pathway to break the cycle of Māori reoffending - Hon Kelvin Davis

More than 1,000 homeless to be housed through Budget 2019 - Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Hon Phil Twyford

Removal of fees and a stronger NCEA - Hon Chris Hipkins

Supporting working women with pay equity: next steps - Hon Iain Lees-Galloway

Wellbeing Budget to tackle long-term challenges - Hon Grant Robertson

Creating a sustainable forestry sector - Hon Shane Jones

Racing betting levy repealed - Rt Hon Winston Peters

Wellbeing Budget supports new rheumatic fever initiative - Hon Jenny Salesa

Breaking the cycle of family and sexual violence - Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Jan Logie

Securing the future of ambulance services - Rt Hon Winston Peters, Hon Dr David Clark

Wellbeing Budget to boost support for ethnic communities - Hon Jenny Salesa

Delivering for Māori and the whenua - Hon Nanaia Mahuta

Work begins to drop public transport fares for low income households - Hon Julie Anne Genter

New service for young people leaving care - Hon Tracey Martin

Check back with SunLive as 2pm for more on the Wellbeing Budget.

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