Today the government opened up its books, and revealed what it will spend its money on.
Source: 1 NEWS
The Budget happens once a year, and forecasts spending over the next four years.
Here are five big reveals from today's Budget:
1. Rebuilding critical public services
Health - $3.2 billion to operating and $850 million
Education - $1.6 billion operating, $334 million capital
Justice - $1 billion operating, $216 million capital
Supporting at-risk families - $460 million operating, $17 million capital
2. Economic development and the regions
$2.8 billion into the promotion of "economic development and supporting the regions package".
3. Child poverty, housing, and homelessness
$813m is going to operations and $369m to capital to address issues such as target "chronic homelessness" and to allocate grants for low-income houses to get insulation for eligible homes.
4. Natural resources
$649m will go to biodiversity, forestry and conservation, and also to climate change, biosecurity and environmental protection.
The government has put in $534m to "enriching New Zealand's culture and identity". It will go to crown-Maori relations and Maori development, NZ arts, culture and heritage, and to defence and internal affairs ($386m for operating funds and $40m capital).
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