Live stream: Jacinda Ardern quizzed by media over ins and outs of Government’s first Budget

The PM is speaking from Auckland today after the Finance Minister delivered the Budget yesterday. Source: 1 NEWS


Most read: Watch Paula Bennett's brilliant facials during Simon Bridges' Budget speech

Note: This story was first published on Thursday May 17

The National Party deputy was clearly delighted by what her boss was saying. Source: Seven Sharp

It was a big day for Finance Minister Grant Robertson as he delivered his first Budget, and the first from a Labour-led Government in 10 years.

But Seven Sharp reckons his moment in the spotlight was overshadowed by a member of the shadow cabinet.

Tonight, Seven Sharp would like to give a standing ovation to National Party deputy leader Paula Bennett, a shoe-in for best supporting actress, for her performance during Simon Bridges' rebuttal of the Budget.

Watch as she connects both physically and emotionally with her leader. 


Most read story: Budget 2018 - Here's what you need to know at a glance

Note: This story was first published on Thursday May 17

File image of $50 and $100 notes. Source: 1 NEWS

Finance Minister Grant Robertson has revealed the 2018 Budget. Here's what you need to know - at a glance.

Watch Grant Robertson deliver the Budget HERE.

*More children to get free GP visits, with the scheme extended to under-14s from under-13s.

*Lower-cost doctors' visits for all Community Services Card holders, making them cheaper by $20 to $30.

*More people eligible for the Community Services Card - extended to anyone living in state housing, receiving accommodation supplement or paying income-related rents.

*6400 more state houses provided over the next four years.

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*$750m boost in spending for re-building ageing hospital buildings and facilities.

*About $450m towards new schools, and money to hire another 1500 teachers by 2021.

*Around $300m over four years to police to recruit an extra 920 officers.

*New housing insulation programme providing grants to tens of thousands of low-income families.

*Tribunal set up to resolve outstanding Earthquake Commission and insurance claims.