Opposition MPs unite to slam government's 'sugar hit' budget

Labour and the Greens say they're still committed to changing the government at this year's election even though they held differing views on the Government's budget this week.

NZ First leader Winston Peters is among those who think the budget is trying to hide bigger problems by offering a 'sugar hit' in the form of tax breaks to Kiwis. Source: Q+A

Speaking on TVNZ's Q+A this morning, Greens co-leader James Shaw explained to Jessica Mutch that his party felt it had to support National's budget this week.

"They've come way too late to the party, and they're totally under delivering. But the package they introduced last week will lift about 35,000 to 50,000 children above the OECD poverty line.

Labour, the Greens and New Zealand First say the tax cuts and credits are election year sweeteners. Source: 1 NEWS

"We would do it a lot differently, we would do it a lot faster, and we wouldn't wait eight years of government before we introduced it," Mr Shaw said.

Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson said that although his party voted against the budget, it didn't alter the fact that Labour and the Greens would work together in the lead up to the September 23 election.

"A particular vote in parliament is what it is. Both parties have been clear on why they took their positions. But we are committed to changing the government," he said.

Although New Zealand First voted to support the budget on Thursday night leader Winston Peters described the government's budget as "disastrous".