TVNZ's Auckland newsroom grilled over Yanny v Laurel saga

Seven Sharp put its investigation skills to the test over the sound that's driving the world crazy. Source: Seven Sharp

Watch: 'At first, I thought it was metaphorical' – PM Jacinda Ardern on National's 'spray and walk away' Budget claims

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has fired back at the National Party following claims likening the Budget to an algae and mould cleaner.

The Budget was referred to as "spray and walk away" by the Opposition, Ms Ardern said in parliament today.

"At first, I thought it was metaphorical, until I reminded myself that this is a cleaning product for algae and mould removal, rather than a jibe at maybe a legitimate tip from the leader of the opposition to clean up our rivers and our hospitals."

"It is, however, a shame that the rest of the mess will take more than 30 seconds to repair," Ms Ardern added.

The Prime Minister's response was met with a round of applause in the debating chamber.


Auckland awarded $100m for America's Cup hosting in Budget

Team New Zealand's defence of the America's Cup in 2021 was a big winner of today's Budget, with the government investing $100 million into a support package for the event.

Having defeated Oracle Team USA to reclaim the Auld Mug in Bermuda last year, Team New Zealand won the right to host the cup defence in 2021, with Auckland now confirmed as the host for the next challenge.

It was unclear exactly how much government funding would be awarded to aid Auckland's efforts, before Mayor Phil Goff revealed his delight at the $100m package.

“Confirmation of the Government’s $100 million towards America’s Cup 2021 will help ensure we create a vibrant event and lasting legacy for the city," he said in a statement.

"When Auckland does well, New Zealand does well. I look forward to continuing to work with the Government to ensure that New Zealand's international city is world-class."

The Great Sound, Bermuda, 26th June 2017. Emirates Team New Zealand Helmsman Peter Burling and skipper Glenn Ashby hold aloft the America's Cup. Photo: Chris Cameron /
Emirates Team New Zealand Helmsman Peter Burling and skipper Glenn Ashby hold aloft the America's Cup. Source: Photosport